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Big second half spurs the No.22 St. John's women

Eugeneia McPherson looks inside in a game last

Eugeneia McPherson looks inside in a game last season against Villanova. (Feb. 27, 2010) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Shenneika Smith scored 22 points on 10-for-19 shooting and added nine rebounds as the No.22 Red Storm used a big second half to run by Nicholls State, 79-54, in a non-conference game at Carnesecca Arena Friday afternoon.

It was the fourth straight win for St. John's (5-1).

The Colonials hung with the Red Storm in the first half and trailed 34-27. Things got even tighter the first three minutes as KK Babin drained a three with 17:12 left and cut St. John's to 39-35. 

But Smith answered with two straight buckets, igniting a 12-3 run that gave St. John's a 51-38 lead with 13:30 to go.

Red Storm coach Kim Barnes Arico was pleased with her team's second-half explosion.

“Well, I was happy with the way we obviously finished the game. The way we started the game was a little sluggish," Barnes Arico said. "We’ve kind of had a little bit of a rough travel schedule and it’s no excuse, but we’ve kind of been going for a long period of time without a break and we’re a little rusty."

Barnes Arico was especially impressed with Smith's play.

"She’s a very gifted, very special player," Barnes Arico said. "If she continues to work on her game, she will be an All-American."

Smith had help from Sky Lindsay and Eugeneia McPherson who added 12 points each.



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