Storm snap DePaul’s home win streak

The St. John’s women’s basketball team won its second game in a row on Saturday, defeating the DePaul Blue Demons 68-51 on the road in Rosemont, Ill.

With the win, the Red Storm improve to 3-2 in the Big East and 15-3 overall after dropping two of their first three

conference games.

DePaul (12-6, 1-3 Big East), had won eight games in a row at home before being stifled by the St. John’s defense in the second half. The Blue Demons shot 39 percent, but shot just 35 percent in the second half and committed 26 turnovers, which turned into 23 points the other way.

“I thought we did a great job pressuring them defensively,” head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “We forced a lot of turnovers and I thought that was a key to the game.”

With the game tied at 19, St. John’s forced four turnovers and went on a 10-2 run in a 2:37 stretch midway through the first half that open up a 29-21 lead.They would not trail the rest of the way.

DePaul did not go quietly, however. Two free throws by guard Sam Quigley with 4:19 left brought the Blue Demons within seven at 57-50. But the Johnnies showed a keen ability to close, ending the game on an 11-1 run.

Senior guard Kelly McManmon led the team with 15 points, while senior forward Joy McCorvey and junior guard Sky Lindsay each added nine. All eight players who saw action played at least thirteen minutes and scored at least five points.

“Our depth (was another key),” said Barnes Arico. “We can go to the bench and bring in people that give a tremendous amount of pressure and they had people that had to play 39, 40 minutes a game.”

McManmon was in the starting lineup for the second straight game on Saturday after starting the first five games of the year, she has come off the bench in nine of the last 13 games.

“It doesn’t matter (whether she starts),” Barnes Arico said.

“We’ve switched the rotation a number of times. She’s been playing really well right now so I think for her it doesn’t

really matter whether she starts or comes off the bench.”

McManmon, St. John’s all-time leader in career three-pointers, is starting to break out of a prolonged scoring slump. She averaged 10.4 points per game last year and 7.6 the year before. This year she is only averaging 6.5 points on 39 percent shooting. However, in the last three games she has

averaged 13.3 points per game on 62 percent shooting.

Saturday’s win brings them to 5-2 on the road, with one of the losses coming at the hands of then-No. 4 North Carolina.

They return home for their first and only game at

Madison Square Garden this year on Saturday against South Florida.