Feb. 2, 2018
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QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John’s women’s basketball team dominated Butler, 76-38, on Friday night at Carnesecca Arena, posting its largest margin of victory in a conference tilt since 2005.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for the Red Storm (13-10, 6-6 BIG EAST) and gave the Johnnies their third-consecutive win at Carnesecca Arena.
The 38-point win was the largest in BIG EAST play for St. John’s since defeating Providence, 93-40, 13 years ago to the day.
As a team, St. John’s shot 55.4% from the field in the victory and drained a season-high 11 triples. On the other end, the Red Storm held the Bulldogs (13-11, 5-7 BIG EAST) to just 38 points and a 24.0 percent shooting clip, both of which were season-lows for St. John’s opponents.
Qadashah Hoppie led the way offensively for the Johnnies, scoring a game-high 16 points and draining four shots from beyond-the-arc.
Alisha Kebbe also reached double figures for the Red Storm with 12 points. In addition, the sophomore guard grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists, and recorded a block.
Continuing the torrid pace with which the Red Storm closed out its previous matchup at Providence, St. John’s dominated the opening five minutes of the first quarter. The Johnnies scored the game’s first seven points and forced four Butler turnovers early.
Maya Singleton led the charge during the opening push for the home side, scoring four points, grabbing a pair of rebounds, and registering a steal.
The Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws to cut the score to 7-2 before the Red Storm erupted on another 6-0 run to jump out to a commanding, 13-2 lead with just over two minutes to play in the opening frame.
St. John’s ended the first on a bit of a drought, converting just one of its last eight baskets; however, the Johnnies held Butler to only one made field goal over the ten minutes to lead, 16-6, after one.
The St. John’s dominance continued as the game moved into the second stanza with the Red Storm embarking on an 18-4 push, fueled by and 8-of-11 shooting effort from the field, to lead 34-10 at the midway mark of the quarter.
The Johnnies capped off the first half by hitting 5-of-6 from the field to build its largest halftime lead of the season, 45-15.
Kebbe led the balanced attack for St. John’s in the opening half, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbing five rebounds.
During the opening 20 minutes, every player saw the floor for the Red Storm with eight finding the scoresheet.
As a team, St. John’s shot 57.6% from the field in the first half, including 46.2% from downtown. On defense, the Johnnies held the Bulldogs to just five made field goals on 22 attempts (22.7%).
The 29 points scored in the second quarter were the most for St. John’s in a single stanza since dropping 36 in the third quarter on William & Mary on Nov. 17.
Despite the 30-point advantage, the Red Storm continued to play strong defense at the beginning of the second half. The Johnnies forced three turnovers in the opening three minutes, highlighted by a massive, chase-down block by Singleton to deny a fastbreak basket.
St. John’s pushed its lead to 34 with more team basketball. Singleton found Imani Littleton in the post, who then kicked it out to Hoppie, and the freshman drained the triple from the corner to give the Johnnies a 57-23 lead with under five minutes to play in the third.
Hoppie continued to strike offensively in the quarter, scoring eight points to lead all players, including a pair of threes.
Tiana England joined the block party with an emphatic rejection to record the seventh block of the evening for the Red Storm. The redshirt freshman then feathered a pass to a cutting Akina Wellere to put the Red Storm back up by 32 with 6:26 to play.
Shamachya Duncan and Tamesha Alexander became the ninth and tenth Johnnies to find the scoresheet with a coast-to-coast layup by Duncan and a pair of makes from the charity stripe by Alexander.
Duncan provided an exclamation mark on the victory, nailing a deep 3-pointer in the final minute for her second triple of the night to send the bench and crowd into a frenzy.
Defense closed out the game for St. John’s, as the Red Storm held Butler without a field goal for the final 7:31 to secure the 76-38 win.
The Red Storm will be back in action on Sunday as the Johnnies host Xavier at Carnesecca Arena beginning at 2 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.