Scores

Final

Liberty 66

(4-7, 1-4 away)

(17) St. John's 81

(12-1, 1-0 Big East)

    2:30 PM ET, December 28, 2010

    1 2 T
    LIB 36 3066
    #17SJU 33 4881

    Top Performers

    Liberty: D. Dale 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast

    St. John's: S. Smith 28 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Red Storm pull away from Flames late

    Associated Press

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Shenneika Smith tied her career high with 28 points, Da'Shena Stevens added 20 and No. 17 St. John's needed a late surge to salvage a surprisingly difficult 81-66 victory over Liberty on Tuesday.

    The Red Storm (12-1) led 62-60 with 5:53 left before finally shaking the pesky Lady Flames (4-7). It was the 11th straight win for St. John's, which will meet Maryland (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) on Wednesday in the championship game of the two-day Terrapin Classic.

    Smith went 11-for-19 from the floor and made four of the Red Storm's five 3-pointers.

    Stevens, a junior forward, became the 17th player in St. John's history to score 1,000 career points. She has 1,015 in 78 games.

    The Red Storm's closing 19-6 run began when Stevens made two free throws, Amanda Burakoski hit a 3-pointer and Smith added a layup for a 69-60 lead with 3:34 to go. That proved too much to overcome for Liberty, which put up a valiant effort as a decided underdog.

    LaKendra Washington and Danika Dale each scored 13 points for the Flames. Liberty finished with a 40-25 rebounding advantage and forced 18 turnovers, but the Flames committed 24 turnovers and went 7-for-18 from 3-point range.

    At the midway point of the first half, the teams had combined for 15 turnovers and only 11 baskets.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LIB
    SJU
    Points 66 81
    FG Made-Attempted 22-55 (.400) 27-51 (.529)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 5-10 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-20 (.750) 22-27 (.815)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 15

    Game Leaders

     
    LIB
    SJU
    PointsD. Dale 13S. Smith 28
    ReboundsT. Omotola 8D. Stevens 6
    AssistsJ. Antic 5D. Stevens 5
    StealsJ. Antic 2D. Stevens 4

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