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St. John's loses, but Thompson shines

St. John's University's Amber Thompson at St. John's

St. John's University's Amber Thompson at St. John's Women's basketball team media day. (Nov. 4, 2011) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

It was rough day for the St. John’s women as DePaul prevailed in the Big East opener for both teams, 69-52. The Red Storm (5-4, 0-1) shot just 27 percent from the field, but there were some positives for the Red Storm.

Amber Thompson had 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and helped the Red Storm beat DePaul on the boards 39-34. The 6-2 freshman forward has quickly found her place in the offense and is beginning to become a force in the paint for coach Kim Barnes Arico. Thompson had 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 70-45 blowout of Hartford on Sunday, eight points and five rebounds in a win over Howard and 12 points against Temple.

The Storm are still playing without senior forward Da’Shena Stevens (knee), which has made Thompson’s play that much more impressive. Help is on the way for Thompson, Mary Nwachukwu, Jennifer Blanding and the rest of St. John’s post players.

Stevens has been cleared to do basketball activities. There’s no timetable for her return, but it shouldn’t be too long.

Next up for St. John’s is the ultimate challenge against 6-8 Britney Griner and No.1 Baylor on Sunday at MSG. The Red Storm will be shorthanded without Stevens, but with the team’s post players getting better, it might not be as bad as many think it will be.

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