Four years and four straight trips to the post season, it’s been quite a career for St. John’s forward Da’Shena Stevens. The 6-foot senior finished her career at Carnesecca Arena in style with 21 points in a 69-49 win over Villanova on Saturday.
Things weren’t looking good in the beginning as Stevens missed the first 10 games of the season recovering from an off-season knee injury. It’s been all roses since her return. St. John’s (21-8, 12-3 Big East) is 17-3 over its last 20 games and is currently third in the conference standings.
Said Stevens: "It was exciting. Playing four years here and being able to come out and play my last game with my team was great. My senior year didn't start the way I had planned so just coming out and finishing up was a great feeling."
If the Red Storm continues on its torrid pace, the beginning of the season will be nothing more than a distant memory for Stevens.
A win at Georgetown on Sunday would lock the Red Storm into the third seed. If Connecticut loses to Notre Dame in its regular-season finale and the Red Storm beats the Hoyas, they would be the No. 2 seed for the Big East Tournament.
Stevens recalled some of her finest memories at St. John’s.
"I've had a lot of great moments here but I would probably say my sophomore year when we beat Notre Dame at home that stands out in my mind so much and definitely beating UConn this year was great,” she said. “When we beat teams that we weren't expected to beat probably had to have been some of my favorite moments here."
Stevens wasn’t the only senior who player her last game at Carnesecca. Half Hollow Hills West graduate Tesia Harris joined Stevens for a pregame honor.
"I've been here for two years and it has been a great experience,” said Harris, who transferred from Delaware. “I felt like my team has been by my side each and every day to get better so it was exciting."
Harris, who had five points and four rebounds against Villanova, didn’t become a major factor many hoped she would, but the 6-foot senior had her moments and talked about how exciting it was to reach some of her goals.
"It's different because I see my family every day and also the competition level is higher and every day you're battling,” she said of the difference between playing at Delaware and St. John’s. “This will be first appearance in the NCAA and that was one of my goals coming in so I'm up for the challenge to push my teammates every day so we can earn a spot in the Final Four."