St. John's Downs Stony Brook, 66-45, in Exhibition Contest

Nov. 1, 2017

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Behind a strong second half effort, the St. John’s women’s basketball team defeated Stony Brook, 66-45, in an exhibition contest that raised money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Three players reached double figures, led by Maya Singleton with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The senior forward also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds, came away with three steals and dished out one assist.

Alisha Kebbe, a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team pick a year ago, scored 11 points and added two steals, two blocks and a pair of assists to go along with eight rebounds. The Philadelphia, Pa., native hit four of her five attempts from the free throw line.

Preseason All-BIG EAST honoree Akina Wellere finished with 13 points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal. The junior from Chicago hit six of her 10 tries from the floor.

Redshirt freshman Tiana England dished out six assists while scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds. Freshman Qadashah Hoppie scored eight points in 21 minutes off the bench.

As a team, the Red Storm held Stony Brook to just 31.4 percent shooting from the floor. A year after leading the nation in three point field goal percentage defense, St. John’s limited the Seawolves to just 25.0 percent from beyond the arc.



Stony Brook scored the game’s first six points after hitting a pair of threes early. Then, with the Red Storm trailing 8-4, St. John’s scored the next seven points to take an 11-8 lead. The Seawolves responded by scoring the final three points of the first quarter to take a 12-11 advantage into the second.

Midway through the second, the freshman duo of Hoppie and Kayla Charles scored back-to-back baskets to give the Red Storm a 19-16 lead. Later, Imani Littleton hit a lay-up before Wellere drained a three to put the Johnnies up six, 24-18. Stony Brook hit a shot late in the second quarter to make it a 24-20 game at the break.

St. John’s opened the third quarter with four straight lay-ups to take a 32-20 lead with just over seven minutes left in the period. The Johnnies would lead by as many as 16 points (42-26) later in the period and entered the fourth quarter with a 45-35 advantage.

Early in the fourth, Stony Brook cut the deficit to single digits (47-38), but the Red Storm responded with 11 unanswered points to take a commanding 59-40 lead with less than three minutes to play, putting the contest away.

St. John’s opens the 2017-18 regular season next Friday, Nov. 10, when the Red Storm plays host to St. Francis Brooklyn. The game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. opening tip inside Carnesecca Arena and will be carried live on ESPN3.


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