A laugher of a game turned into some concern for the 18th-ranked St. John's women's basketball team.
Plagued by a rash of in-game injuries, the Red Storm was forced to play the final 2:13 with four players in an 81-50 blowout victory Saturday over Southern Mississippi at the Chartwells Holiday Classic at Carnesecca Arena.
St. John's junior forward Da'Shena Stevens (concussion) was helped off the court 2:47 into the contest and didn't return. Senior center Coco Hart left the game with 7:13 left in the first half with a sprained ankle.
The bad fortune continued in the second half as guards Nadirah McKenith (thumb), Shenneika Smith (ankle) and Sky Lindsay (ankle) left the game.
The injuries didn't shake St. John's (10-1), though, especially sophomore Eugeneia McPherson. The North Babylon graduate had a career-high 23 points.
"We didn't panic," McPherson said. "I think we handled it well with the players we had."
Smith scored 19 points, and Lindsay and Amanda Burakoski had 10 points each.
Red Storm coach Kim Barnes Arico was stunned by the timing. "I have had teams where the injury bug kind of hit, but it didn't all hit at once," she said. "And that was something."
Hofstra 76, Seton Hall 65: Shante Evans had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead Hofstra (6-1). Nicole Capurso had 19 points, including five three-pointers, and Candice Bellocchio had seven assists. It's the first time the Pride, which topped Providence, has beaten two Big East opponents in the same season.
SUNY-Old Westbury 73, York 53: Freshman Kim Weathers had 28 points and six assists for Old Westbury (6-2) in non-conference. York is 4-7. Shannon Gilly had 16 boards.