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Da'Shena Stevens has knee injury

NEW YORK -- St. John's forward Da'Shena Stevens will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left knee injury she suffered in the offseason.

Stevens was the team's second leading scorer last season, averaging 11.8 points. She also led the Red Storm in rebounding with 6.4 per game. The senior is 11th on the school's all-time scoring list and sixth in rebounding.

"It's coming along," Stevens said. "Rehab's getting tougher as I'm doing more so that's a good thing. It's extremely tough sitting out, you don't know how it is until you're really out. I've never been hurt before and never missed that many practices. I go up to the coaches' office a lot more."

Stevens said she has another appointment with the doctor soon and hopes that she'll be cleared to start jogging soon. The injury has given her time to work on her free throws shooting. She shot just 54 percent from the line last season.

"About the only thing I've been able to do is form shooting and work on my free throws," Stevens said.

St. John's was picked seventh in the Big East preseason poll that came out Thursday.

"That's a significant blow to us," St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico said of Stevens' injury. "It's going to effect our size and everything else. Hopefully she'll be back for the start of the Big East. We'll do the best we can. It's part of the game, sometimes people get hurt and someone needs to step up."

The Red Storm open the season with a home game against St. Bonaventure on Nov. 12 and begin Big East conference play at DePaul on Dec. 7. St. John's plays Baylor four days later in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.