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St. John's women rout Louisville

Shenneika Smith scored 21 points to lead a balanced St. John's offense and the No. 25 Red Storm forced 31 turnovers to beat Louisville, 91-56, Wednesday.

With a major winter storm blanketing the area, game time was moved up five hours to try and avoid the worst of the weather. Even with free admission, there was a sparse crowd of about 200 at Carnesecca Arena, which included the Red Storm men's basketball team.

Kelly McManmon and Da'Shena Stevens each added 14 points for St. John's (20-4, 8-3 Big East), which has won seven of its last eight games. Nadirah McKenith had 12 points, seven assists and seven steals.

Monique Reid scored 20 points to lead Louisville (11-13, 3-8), which has lost four straight.

The Red Storm have a tough schedule ahead with a trip to top-ranked Connecticut on Saturday and a visit from No. 4 Notre Dame on Tuesday.

The Red Storm were ranked for the second straight week. It's only the fourth time in the history of the program that the team has been in the poll. They were last in the Top 25 for two weeks in 2006.

Leading by five early in the game, St. John's went on a 16-4 run to take control. Smith started the spurt with a three-pointer and McKenith followed with a putback. Gwen Rucker hit a layup to cut Louisville's deficit to 18-12, but then the Red Storm scored 11 straight points capped by Sky Lindsay's layup that made it 29-12 midway through the period.

Freshman walk-on Shelby Harper finally ended the Cardinals' drought by hitting a three-pointer and Rucker followed with a jumper, but that's as close as Louisville would get.

Louisville shot 55 percent (11-for-20) from the field in the first half, but finished the game shooting 47 percent. They committed 32 turnovers.

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