Feb. 23, 2018
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QUEENS, N.Y. -
Despite a career-high 21 points from Tiana England, the St. John’s women’s basketball team fell to DePaul, 67-54, on Friday night at Carnesecca Arena.
England stuffed the stat sheet for the Johnnies, as the redshirt freshman reached the 20-point plateau for the first time in her career thanks to a 9-of-12 shooting effort. England also dished out a team-high four assists and collected a pair of rebounds.
Maya Singleton continued to produce for the Johnnies, recording her 16th double-double of the season. The Indian Head, Md., native finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for the Red Storm.
After DePaul jumped out to an eight-point lead just past the midway point of the first quarter, St. John’s started to chip away at the Blue Demon advantage, pulling within two, 12-10, following a 6-0 run to close the opening period.
England tied the game at 12 aside with a jumper just 12 seconds into the ensuing frame, and the two teams proceeded to trade leaders over the next several minutes. With the Johnnies holding a one-point edge, 23-22, with 2:30 to play, DePaul closed the half on a 7-2 run to take a 29-25 lead into the locker room.
Despite trailing by four at the break, the Red Storm managed to force DePaul into 11 first-half turnovers.
England made five of her six shot attempts in the opening 20 minutes, entering the intermission with 11 points.
The Johnnies opened the second half on a 6-2 run, erasing the Blue Demons’ advantage and knotting the game at 31 on an England layup with 6:51 to play. DePaul needed just 15 seconds to regain the lead on a Coleman triple, but the Red Storm managed to keep it within five points for the next four minutes.
Leading by three, 40-37, with 2:44 to go, DePaul built its lead to as many as eight before closing out the third quarter with a 46-40 edge.
The Blue Demons took control early in the final 10 minutes of play, rattling off an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 14, 54-40, just over two minutes into the action.
St. John’s would get within 12 in the final minutes of play, but that was as close as the Red Storm would get, as DePaul escaped Queens with a 13-point victory.
St. John’s returns to action on Sunday when the Johnnies host Marquette at 2 p.m. inside Carnesecca Arena for the team’s regular season finale. The action can be seen live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.