Dec. 16, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - Four players scored in double figures as the St. John's women's basketball team posted one its largest margins of victory this season with a commanding, 66-36, win over Howard on Tuesday night.
The win improves the Red Storm's record to 9-1, while the loss drops the Bison's record to 0-8.
Monique McLean led the team with a 16-point performance, going 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from long distance. The senior now has 144 career treys, tying her with Amy Bolen for the all-time record at St. John's. Kelly McManmon turned in a 14-point effort on a 5-of-11 effort from the field and a 4-of-9 performance from beyond the arc. Her four treys moved her into eighth place in the career record books with 89.
Da'Shena Stevens scored 10 of her 12 points in the opening half and finished the game 3-of-6 from the field and 6-of-10 from the free throw line. She also had a strong defensive effort, leading the way with four blocks and finishing second with seven rebounds. Sky Lindsay finished the game with 11 points for her third double-digit outing of the year, going 5-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from 3-point range.
From the start, the Red Storm defense denied Howard's offense from getting into motion and held the Bison to 24.6 percent shooting for the game. St. John's, on the other hand, got off to a quick start and continued to excel throughout the 40-minute contest, shooting 53.1 overall, including a 57.9 effort in the second half.
The story of the game was the first-half in which St. John's outscored the Bison 38-12. The team surged right from tipoff and opened the game going on a 17-2 run. Howard did not score its second basket until the 10:41 mark, which was a more than an eight-minute scoring drought. The Red Storm defense prevented the Bison from getting into an offensive rhythm by blocking five of its opening 16 shots.
After Howard cut the lead to 11 at 6:29, 23-12, the Red Storm distanced itself by scoring 15 unanswered points to close the half up by 26 , 38-12. STJ connected on 15-of-30 from the field in the opening stanza.
St. John's could not be slowed in the second half and eventually took a 39-point lead at 14:45, 52-13. The team was 11-of-19 in the final frame, including a 4-of-7 effort from behind the arc.
The Red Storm will continue its homestand this weekend when it hosts the St. John's-Chartwells Holiday Classic at Carnesecca Arena on Dec. 20-21. STJ will open action on Saturday facing Buffalo at 1 p.m.