Four in double figures lead St. John’s women

St. John’s had four players score in double figures and used a 14-2 second-half run to beat Stony Brook 79-60 at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday afternoon. It was the women’s basketball team’s 22nd-straight regular-season, non-conference victory and the sixth time this year four players reached double figures.


Junior guard Kia Wright scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Junior forward Danielle Chambers recorded 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Andrea Peterson added 12 points.


St. John’s (9-1) secured a 36-28 at half with the help of nine points on a trio of three-pointers from Peterson. But Stony Brook (5-3) started the second half on a 7-3 run to pull within four at 41-37 with 16:50 left in the game. Two and half minutes later, the Seawolves slimmed the Red Storm lead to just 47-45 on a three-pointer by Mykeema Ford.


St. John‘s responded with a 14-2 run that extended its advantage to 61-47 with 8:11 left in the game. The momentum-turning surge was capped by a layup by Tiina Sten. The sophomore forward scored 10 points and junior forward Angela Clark added five points and 10 rebounds.


Stony Brook was led by Jessica Smith with 21 points. Ford added 19.


St. John’s, who remains undefeated at Carnesecca Arena this season, will now travel west to battle No. 2 Duke at the Surf `N Slam Holiday Classic in San Diego on Dec. 28.


“Oh we’re ready,” senior Mercedes Dukes said. “We’ve been talking about it since the summer time. People don’t give us the respect that we deserve, so we have to earn it. Playing someone like Duke is going to give us that opportunity to gain that respect.”