St. John's wins 10th straight as three players set career highs.
St. John's puts three players in double figures and outrebounds Bulldogs by 13.
St. John's captures third straight victory thanks to 19 offensive rebounds and timely late baskets.
St. John's is back in action on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against James Madison in day two of the tournament.
Preseason quotes from head coach Joe Tartamella and women's basketball players.
St. John's defeats University of Southern California, 71-68, in the NCAA Tournament First Round on march 22, 2014.
St. John's vs. USC (USATSI)
St. John's vs. DePaul (USATSI)
St. John's defeats Providence, 85-65, at Carnesecca Arena on Feb. 8, 2014.
St. John's defeats Creighton, 67-48, at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 8, 2014.
A versatile player who can be deployed at multiple positions and played at every spot on the court in high school. Walker combines size and inside strength with the ability to knock down the mid-range shot as well as handle the ball. Walker possesses a strong move to the basket and has the length and speed to defend both on the block and on the perimeter.
Joe Tartamella on Walker:
"Jade has the ability to contribute immediately to our program. Her skill set allows her to be a threat from anywhere on the floor which makes her a tough matchup for the opposition. We are very excited about her future here at St. John's."
As A Freshman in 2013-14:
Saw action in 31 games and averaged 12.5 minutes per game... Averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game... Voted to the 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team... Notched double-figure scoring performances three times... scored two points and had a block in her collegiate debut against Quinnipiac (Nov. 20)... Grabbed four rebounds and scored three points at Florida (Nov. 26)... Scored six points and made a career-high three blocks against James Madison (Dec. 15)...Went 5-for-6 from the floor to score in double figures for the first time in her career against Creighton (Jan. 8)... Tallied eight points on a perfect 4-for-4 outing at DePaul (Jan. 11)... Finished with 13 points and three rebounds following a 5-of-7 shooting performance at Seton Hall (Feb. 1)... Knocked in a career-best six field goals for a career-high 14 points against Providence (Feb. 8)... Registered five points and three rebounds at Creighton (Feb. 23)... Averaged 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in five postseason games...Scored six points on a 3-for-4 shooting performance against Seton Hall (Mar. 9) in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals... Notched eight points and four rebounds against DePaul (Mar. 11) in the BIG EAST Finals... Scored nine points and grabbed five boards vs. USC (Mar. 22) in the NCAA First Round... Finished with eight points, three rebounds and four assists at Tennessee (Mar. 24) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
At DePaul Catholic (N.J.):
Named Passaic County's top player by The Star Ledger after averaging 17.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a junior ... scored 15.6 points per game as a sophomore and was named the JerseySportsNow.com Player of the Year while DePaul was named the website's Team of the Year ... transferred to DePaul after playing her first two seasons at Columbia High School ... played on a boys basketball team until seventh grade when she could not find a girls team to play on ... has played every position on the floor from point guard to center.
Daughter of Romy and Scott Walker... Has two siblings, Jaia Walker (23) and Joié Walker (21)... a sports management major... outside of basketball she enjoys dancing, shopping and laughing.