St. John's Outlasts Albany, 71-66|
Nov. 30, 2017
ALBANY, N.Y. - Led by a stellar shooting effort from sophomore Andrayah Adams, the St. John’s women’s basketball team closed out a 71-66 win over Albany at SEFCU Arena on Thursday night.
“We knew coming in that this would be a tough place to play and it certainly was,” Head Coach Joe Tartamella said. “We had to deal with a number of different situations that we hadn’t faced all year and we are happy as a staff how our team was able to grind this one out.”
Adams finished with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting including an incredible 6-of-7 showing from long distance. The Minneapolis native added two rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes off the bench.
Redshirt freshman Tiana England narrowly missed a double-double with a season-high 16 points to go along with nine assists. The Stamford, Conn., native hit all six of her attempts from the floor including her lone try from beyond the arc and added a season-best seven rebounds in 39 minutes of action.
Maya Singleton added seven points and seven rebounds. Qadashah Hoppie chipped in five points and dished out a season-high six assists. As a team, the Red Storm (4-2) assisted on 20 of its 27 made field goals.
From the field, St. John’s shot a season-best 57.4 percent (27-for-47) including a 7-for-12 showing from long distance, while Albany (4-2) shot 37.3 percent from the floor (22-of-59) and just 22.7 percent (5-for-22) from beyond the arc.
Albany jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 6:54 left in the opening period. After a pair of free throws gave the Great Danes a 9-2 advantage, St. John’s responded with a 10-3 spurt to even the score at 12. The two sides then traded 4-0 runs before Albany scored the quarter’s final basket with one minute left in the quarter, giving the Great Danes an 18-16 advantage heading into the first intermission.
The Johnnies battled back in the second quarter using a pair of runs to take the lead late in the period. After Albany scored the first four points of the quarter to go up 22-16, Hoppie sparked a quick 6-0 burst that tied the game at 22. The Great Danes responded with a 5-2 spurt but the Red Storm answered with a 7-0 run to give the Johnnies a 31-27 lead. England had five of the seven points during the burst. In the closing seconds with St. John’s leading 33-31, Tamesha Alexander banked in a runner as time expired to give the Red Storm a 35-31 advantage at the break.
After setting a season-high with 13 points in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Showcase against Western Michigan, England scored 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first half against Albany. The redshirt freshman dished out six dimes playing in 19 of the 20 minutes over the first two quarters.
Albany rebounded in the third quarter, outscoring St. John’s, 19-12, in the period. After Adams hit her fourth three of the game to give the Red Storm a 38-31 lead early in the quarter, the Great Danes answered with a 9-0 run to take a 40-38 lead midway through the period. The Johnnies scored the next four points to retake the lead, 42-40. Later in the quarter with the Red Storm leading 47-44, Albany closed the third with six unanswered points to bring a 50-47 advantage into the final 10 minutes.
Early in the fourth with Albany leading 51-49, St. John’s scored six in a row to give the Red Storm a 55-51 advantage with just over six minutes to play. Hoppie led the charge with four of the six points during the spurt. Later in the period, the Great Danes scored four unanswered to even the score at 55. Adams then hit another three to put the Johnnies ahead, 58-55, a lead they would never relinquish. St. John’s led by as many as eight, 67-59, in the fourth, but Albany battled back to get within four, 70-66, late in the quarter. With four seconds remaining, England hit a free throw to put the game out of reach.
St. John’s returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 3, when it heads to Miami to take on the Hurricanes for a 1 p.m. first tip inside Watsco Center. The contest will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.