Yes, it's only November, but there's nothing wrong with an early season wake-up call.
The St. John's women's team, fresh off a win over Marist on Friday, were humbled by an unranked Kansas State on Saturday. Granted it was a road game, but the Red Storm were ranked No.14 in the AP preseason poll and expected to get out to a blazing start.
The Kansas State game proved you can't overlook anyone.
St. John's (2-1) learned that lesson and applied it in short order and knocked off Manhattan, 77-51, in its home opener at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night.
Shenneika Smith had 18 points and was one of four Red Storm players to finish in double figures. Coco Hart and Sky Lindsay each had 12 points and Eugenia McPherson finished with 11 points.
"We showed some spurts of being a good team, which was nice," St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico told reporters. "It was good to bounce back after the K-State loss. It was great to play on our home court. We still have a lot of areas to improve, but it was a bright spot tonight."
St. John's is home to face another local opponent in Columbia on Thursday night at 7 p.m.