St. John’s basketball looking for rebounding help with newcomer

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Fapou Semebene
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The St. John’s basketball program is looking for rebounding help.

One downfall head coach Joe Tartamella and the St. John’s basketball program had last season was rebounding and keeping teams off the glass.

However, the Lady Johnnies are hoping that weakness turns into a strength this upcoming season with the addition of Fapou Semebene.

Semebene, a junior forward from Los Angeles, California, began her career at the University of Washington and in her freshman season was the second leading rebounder on the team with 4.2 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot forward also added 3.0 points and 0.5 blocks per game for the Lady Huskies but that was the extent of her career at Washington as she missed the final three games of the season and missed the entire 2018-19 season because of an injury.

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Fapou Semebene then left the Huskies’ program and transferred to Northwest Florida State College, a powerhouse junior college program.

In her one season in Florida, Semebene was named to the NJCAA All Panhandle Conference First Team and led her team with 9.2 rebounds per game, the sixth leading rebounder in the conference.

In addition to her outstanding rebounding statistics, Semebene also averaged 10.4 points per contest on 48.1-percent shooting from the field. On November 8, the forward pulled down a season high 22 rebounds in a victory over Tyler Junior College.

How St. John’s basketball could use the rebounding help.

On average, the St. John’s basketball team was out-rebounded by 3.7 rebounds per game and the team’s leading rebounder was Alisha Kebbe, senior forward who will no longer be with the program this season.

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As for players who are remaining with the team in the 2020-21 campaign, St. John’s leading rebounder was guard Leilani Correra at 5.1 rebounds per game.

It will be interesting to see how the St. John’s coaching staff utilizes Fapou Semebene as the season begins on November 25.