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WBB: St. John's adds McKenith to injured list

St. John's Nadirah McKenith (5) gets a defensive

St. John's Nadirah McKenith (5) gets a defensive rebound in front of Baylor's Jordan Madden (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Maggie Dixon Basketball Classic. (Dec. 11, 2011) Credit: AP

St. John’s had a lot of reasons to feel encouraged about its effort in a 73-59 loss to No.1 Baylor at the Maggie Dixon Classic yesterday.

The Red Storm also had a reason to feel discouraged. Junior Point guard Nadirah McKenith went down with a knee injury with 5:40 left in the second half. She was helped off the court by two trainers and couldn’t put any pressure on the knee.

An MRI is scheduled for Monday.

“Nadira was unbelievable,” said Barnes Arico. “As much as Da’Shena has been our leading scorer and rebounder for the last three years, Nadirah makes our team go. She’s special and no one can do for us what she can do.”

St. John’s has played the entire season without senior forward Da’Shena Stevens. Not having McKenith would be a huge blow to St. John’s NCAA Tournament hopes. The good news is Stevens could be back with the Red Storm as soon as next weekend.

St. John’s coach Kim Barnes Arico didn’t officially name her starting point guard, but said Eugeneia McPherson and Keylantra Langley would likely share the duties.

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