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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.
The contest between St. John's and LIU is the seventh meeting in history between the teams. The Red Storm leads the series 5-1, and has posted a perfect 3-0 mark at home against LIU. St. John's has won five-straight against the Blackbirds, including last year's meeting, a 65-46 win on the road.
Scouting The Blackbirds
LIU enters the contest with a 6-3 record and is riding a three-game winning streak. The Blackbirds opened the season with two straight losses, but bounced back, winning six of their last seven games. LIU has a perfect 2-0 slate on the road, including winning its last outing at Lafayette, 78-65, on Dec. 7.
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
Da'Shena Stevens recorded a double-double and led all players with 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the St. John's women's basketball team play No. 4/4 North Carolina close, but the Tar Heels came away with the 83-73 win on Dec. 6 at the Smith Center.
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
Stevens was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Dec. 7. Stevens led the Red Storm to a 2-1 record on the week, and averaged 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 26.7 minutes. She tied for the team high in scoring and paced the team in rebounding and in total blocks (5).
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.
The Best Against The Best
Two of the best games in Stevens' young career have come against the top-rated teams in the country. Last season, Stevens dropped 27 points against then-No. 1 and eventual national champion UConn. The points were the most scored by one player against the Huskies all season long. This season, Stevens went into the Smith Center on Dec. 6 and recorded a double-double with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds against then-No. 4/4 North Carolina. The 25 points were the second-most in history for the sophomore and her rebound total tied her career best. She also finished with three blocks, leading all players in the game.
Welcome To The Club
With four rebounds against Columbia on Dec. 4, Joy McCorvey became the ninth Red Storm women's basketball player to record over 600 points and 600 rebounds.