Stevens, McManmon recognized in State Farm festivities

The St. John’s women’s
basketball team had their best
season in 27 years this year,
winning 25 games and
advancing to the second round
of the NCAA tournament.

They are getting some
recognition for that
success, courtesy of State
Farm Insurance.

Sophomore forward Da’
Shena Stevens was one of 40
fi nalists for the 2010 State Farm
Coaches All America Team and
senior guard Kelly McManmon
was selected to compete in the
State Farm 3-Point Shootout.
Stevens, last season’s Big
East Freshman of the Year, was
one of six Big East players to be
nominated to the All America
team. She was also named fi rst
team All Big East this season
for the fi rst time in her career.

During the season, she was
named to the Big East’s weekly
honor roll fi ve times.

Stevens led the Red Storm
in scoring and rebounding
this season and had six
double-doubles. Her 14.3
points per game were good
for eighth in the Big East
while her 7.6 rebounds per game
were ninth. In the Red Storm’s
two NCAA tournament games,
she averaged 16.5 points and
eight rebounds per game.
McManmon, a 3-point
specialist, averaged 7.6 points
per game. She was fourth in the
conference with 2.2 3-pointers
per game and hit 44.5 percent of
her attempts, good for ninth in
the nation.

Of the 244 points she
scored this year, 217 came
from behind the arc. She hit
46 of her 69 threes during Big
East play and shot 54 percent
from behind the arc.
McManmon broke the
St. John’s women’s all time
three-point record on Jan.
10 against Seton Hall and
fi nished her career with 219
made attempts.

Now, she will get an
opportunity to display her
three-point prowess on a national
stage. The shootout
will be held in Indianapolis
as a part of the week-long
celebration of the men’s
Final Four. It will air on
ESPN on Thursday at 9 p.m.
“It is an honor to be selected
to compete against some of
the top players in the nation in
this competition,” McManmon
said. “I am really excited to be a
part of this, and I am looking
forward to showcasing my
skills while representing St.
John’s University.”

Stevens and McManmon
were integral parts of
a St. John’s team that exceeded
expectations in the
Big East. Picked to fi nish 12th
in the preseason coaches’ poll.
The Johnnies compiled a 12-4
conference record and earned
a double bye in the conference
tournament as one of the
top four teams.

After losing in the
quarterfi nal round of the Big
East tournament to No. 4
Notre Dame on March 7, the
Red Storm received an at-large
bid to the NCAA tournament.

Playing as the sixth seed, they
defeated No. 11 Princeton
before losing in overtime to
No. 3 Florida State.