Dec. 9, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's women's basketball team returns to Carnesecca Arena and opens a four-game homestand when it welcomes local foe LIU on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Red Storm is off to a 7-1 start this season, and is receiving 10 votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll. STJ has received votes in the AP Poll every week of the regular season.
RedStormSports.com will stream the game live through StormTracker All-Access. The contest will have a live video and audio broadcast, which will feature a multi-camera setup. Fans can access the feature by going to RedStormSports.com, clicking on the All-Access button and signing up for the service. The All-Access subscription is $9.95 a month or $79.95 for the year. There will also be live stats for the contest that can be accessed for free.
Scouting The Blackbirds
Three LIU players are averaging double figures in scoring. Chelsi Johnson paces the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.0 points and 7.0 boards. Ashley Palmer is the second-leading scorer, netting 13.3 points per game, and the third-leading rebounder, grabbing 5.8 boards per game. Kiara Evans rounds out the double-figure scorers for LIU with 11.4 points per game.
STJ Plays No. 4/4 UNC Close
The Red Storm was strong in the game, matching up well with the No. 4 team in the nation and tying the score multiple times in the game. STJ surged in the second half, outscoring UNC 40-38, and kept the game close until the end.
After UNC went into the half ahead 45-33, the Red Storm surged to start the second half, scoring 11 unanswered points to come within one, 45-44. Sky Lindsay got things going for STJ by nailing consecutive jumpers and finished the run with seven points. After the Tar Heels jumped ahead 53-47, the Red Storm scored five-straight points to cut the deficit to three, 53-50. A back-and-forth affair ensued until Stevens tied the game for STJ when she connected on a pair of free throws at the 8:53 mark. The game stayed close and STJ tied the score one last time with 7:37 remaining, but UNC closed out strong for the win.
Stevens Named To Honor Roll
The sophomore had one of the best performances of her career against No. 4/4 North Carolina on Sunday, recording a double-double and leading all players with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Her 25 points scored were the most by a player this season against the Tar Heels, and it was her season high. Additionally, the 13-rebound performance tied her career best. Stevens played a game-high 34 minutes of action and led all players with three blocks against UNC.
In the team's win over Columbia on Friday, Stevens scored seven second-half points to finish the contest with 10. She filled up the stat sheet with four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal. In the Red Storm's win over Stetson on Tuesday, Stevens surpassed the 500-point plateau with seven points in the game.
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