St. John’s beats UC Santa Barbara 56-47
After finishing their previous game with only four players, St.
John’s was able to close out UC Santa Barbara with a full
complement of five – including Shenneika Smith.
She scored 15 points and Sky Lindsay added a season-high 13 to
lead No. 18 St. John’s to a 56-47 victory over UC Santa Barbara on
”I can’t say how proud I am of the young ladies with what we
went through the last 24 hours,” Red Storm coach Kim Barnes Arico
said after St. John’s 10th straight win. ”We were the walking
Smith scored 10 straight points for the Red Storm (10-1) in the
second half, sparking a late run to stretch the lead to 51-37 with
4:52 play. She finished off the spurt with a nifty running layup in
the lane. She also had nine rebounds and three blocks in the Red
Storm’s 10th straight win.
She showed few, if any, signs of the ankle injury that that
forced her out of the 81-50 win over Mississippi State. She went
down in that game with 2:14 to play, forcing St. John’s to finish
with four on the floor.
”I’m in a little bit of pain,” Smith said after the game. ”In
the first half I was just getting comfortable. It didn’t get any
Kelsey Adrian led the Gauchos (5-6) with 10 points.
The Red Storm played without star forward Da’Shena Stevens, who
sat out with a concussion. Lindsay, Nadirah McKenith, and Centhya
Hart also were hurt the night before.
Now, they have some time off to heal.
We don’t play again for nine days,” Barnes-Arico said. ”That
adds up to 68,000 minutes. I told them they could have 68,000
minutes of rest.”