Aug. 20, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Recent St. John's women's basketball graduate Da'Shena Stevens received one of the NCAA's highest honors as she was selected as a BIG EAST Conference finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Stevens was one of two finalists selected by the league from all the conference's women's sports programs. Sheila Reid, a cross country runner from Villanova was the other finalist selected.
The NCAA Women of the Year honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership. From the 429 nominees, the top 10 will be chosen for each division. The national winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event on October 14, 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind.
"We are all really proud of Da'Shena for what she accomplished on the court at St. John's and more importantly what she was able to do off the court, in the classroom and in the community," remarked head coach Joe Tartamella. "Da'Shena encompasses all the traits of what a true student-athlete represents. Her commitment over the past four years brought us to new heights as a program and this is truly an honor for her and for St. John's."
Stevens, who played for St. John's from 2008-12, helped catapult the Red Storm to back-to-back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. She is St. John's most decorated student-athlete as she began her career as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and ended it as the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned the league's 2012 Sportsmanship award. A two-time WBCA Region I All-Amercan, Stevens was a Lowe's® Senior CLASS Award Nominee, a three-time Preseason All-BIG EAST selection and three-time All-BIG EAST honoree. As a sophomore, Stevens was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. For three-straight years she was a member of the Naismith Trophy Early-Season watch list. Stevens was also a three-time first team All-Met selection and the 2010 Metropolitan Player of the Year.
Stevens will forever leave her mark in the St. John's women's basketball record books as she finished her career ranked in six of St. John's top five record lists, including fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,515 points. She is also No. 3 in rebounds (815), No. 4 in field goals made (579), No. 2 in free throws (354) and No. 5 in field goal attempts (1,305). She is also the career leader in free throw attempts (623) and had her best year at the free throw line in 2011-12 as she shot 71.0 percent.
Stevens started out her senior year with a minor set back, sitting out the first 10 games of the season rehabilitating an off-season knee injury. After Stevens' returned to the court, the Red Storm went 19-5 with six wins over top 25 adversaries. During St. John's nine-game winning streak, Stevens was the team's leading scorer averaging 14.7 points per game, shooting 48.9 percent from the floor, 77.2 percent (44-of-57) from the free throw line with a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.
Stevens helped St. John's to its first-ever NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2011-12 and helped the Red Storm finish as No. 14/15 in the final top 25 polls.
The Stamford, Conn., native graduated St. John's in May 2012 with a degree in accounting. A former peer educator, Stevens was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team for four-consecutive seasons and earned the St. John's University Michael Pisano Award for earning a GPA of 3.0 or greater for seven-consecutive semesters.
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