It was No. 2 Notre Dame’s fifth-smallest margin of victory this season. The four other victories came against top-10 teams (No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 7/6 Duke, No. 8/7 Kentucky).
The Red Storm outscored the Fighting Irish, 33-28, in the second half. Notre Dame has been outscored in a half only five times this season – No. 1/1 Baylor (both halves), No. 7/6 Duke (first half), Creighton (second half), No. 18/17 Georgetown (second half).
St. John’s forced Notre Dame to turn the ball over 19 times while committing just 17 turnovers themselves – just the fourth time this season the Fighting Irish committed more turnovers than their opponents.
The Red Storm opened the second half on a 13-4 run over first 7:10 minutes.
Before today, Notre Dame outscored its opponents by a 20.8-point margin at the half and by 34.8 points per game. The gap between St. John’s and Notre Dame was 15 points.
St. John’s trailed Notre Dame by 20 at the half, but cut the deficit to 15 by the end of the game.
Prior to this game, St. John’s had a 10-game home winning streak – a stretch that dated back to the home opener against St. Bonaventure on Nov. 12.
The Red Storm is now 2-3 against top-25 opponents and 2-1 against top-25 opponents at home. St. John’s is 5-5 against teams from the 2010-11 NCAA Tournament field.
St. John’s has now played the No. 1 and No. 2 teams this season. In both games, the Red Storm has outscored their opponent in at least one half.
The Red Storm is 9-1 when it scores 60 or more points and 4-7 when it scores 59 or less.
Redshirt sophomore Mary Nwachukwu had four blocks today – breaking her previous career-high of two.
Senior Tesia Harris shot 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Before today’s game, her last three-pointer came against Prairie View on Dec. 17.
Junior Eugeneia McPherson collected four steals today. She leads the Red Storm in steals (44) and is now averaging 2.1 per game.
Junior Shenneika Smith has now reached double-digit points in 10 consecutive games.