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.