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Storm welcomes back Stevens and wins

St. John's University's Da'Shena Stevens at St. John's

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

The St. John’s women lost a valuable piece to their puzzle in Nadirah McKenith during the team’s loss to Baylor last Sunday. But the pain of that loss was dulled a bit by the return of senior forward Da’Shena Stevens.

Stevens, in her fast action of the season against Prairie View A&M at the St. John’s Holiday Classic at Carnesecca Arena, had five points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 66-50 win. North Babylon graduate Eugeneia McPherson continued her hot play and led the Red Storm (6-5) with 20 points, five steals and four rebounds.

As for McKenith, the diagnosis on her injured right knee wasn’t as bad as some thought it might be. An MRI revealed a sprain. The junior guard is expected to miss at least two weeks with a return shortly after the New Year begins.

McKenith (13.4 ppg) is St. John’s second leading scorer and top passer (4.9 ast).

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