St. John's Upends Miami, 74-64|
Dec. 3, 2017
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Behind yet another well-balanced scoring attack, the St. John’s women’s basketball team defeated Miami, 74-64, at Watsco Center on Sunday to improve to 5-2 on the season.
For the fifth time in seven games, St. John’s had at least four players score in double figures as Tiana England, Akina Wellere, Qadashah Hoppie, Maya Singleton and Andrayah Adams all eclipsed the 10-point mark.
“I really thought this was a complete game for us,” Head Coach Joe Tartamella said following the win. “I’m very happy for our players to get a hard-fought win against an ACC opponent on the road. We had some great plays down the stretch by Akina Wellere and Tiana England. We need to continue to improve as we look toward our next game. [This was a] great team win for us.”
Hoppie scored a game-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The rookie hit four of her seven attempts from beyond the arc and added two rebounds and a pair of assists in a season-high 36 minutes of action.
Singleton posted her fifth double-double of the season with a 17-rebound, 15-point effort. Singleton’s five games of double-digit points and rebounds are the most in a single season since former Red Storm great Danaejah Grant posted five double-doubles during the BIG EAST championship season of 2015-16. Additionally, Singleton’s 17 rebounds are the most in a game since she grabbed 20 last season at home against Villanova on Feb. 10.
England finished with 13 points and a game-best six assists playing all but one minute of the contest. The redshirt freshman hit five of her nine tries from the field and knocked down all three of her free throws.
Wellere, who did most of her damage in the second half, chipped in 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting. The junior went 2-for-5 from deep. Adams, coming off a 23 point game at Albany, added 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Like Wellere, Adams hit two of her 5 attempts from long distance and added a pair of assists in 28 minutes.
As a team, the Red Storm shot 45.2 percent (28-for-62) from the floor. Defensively, the Johnnies held Miami (5-3) to 36.2 percent (21-for-58) from the field. From long distance, St. John’s hit eight of its 19 tries for a 42.1 percent success rate while limiting the Hurricanes to 33.3 percent (6-for-18). Additionally, the Johnnies forced Miami to turn the ball over 23 times, matching a season-high for the Hurricanes.
Miami got out to a 5-2 lead early in the first but St. John’s went on a 6-0 burst to take an 8-5 lead midway through the period. Hoppie and England had three points apiece during the run. The Hurricanes scored the contest’s next four points to re-take the lead, 9-8, before Wellere knocked down a three to give the Red Storm an 11-9 edge. Miami evened the score at 11 before the Johnnies closed out the quarter by outscoring the Hurricanes, 9-5, to bring a 20-16 lead into the second.
Miami opened the second quarter with a jumper 25 seconds into the period but St. John’s took control from there. The Red Storm went on an 11-2 run to take a 31-20 advantage with just under three minutes left in the half. Singleton had six points during the burst while England and Adams added two points apiece. The Hurricanes answered with back-to-back threes to get within five, 31-26, but Singleton hit a lay-up to end the run. England converted a pair of free throws with 35 seconds remaining before the defense got a pair of stops to close out the period as the Red Storm took a 35-28 lead into the break.
Singleton scored 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the opening half while grabbing nine rebounds. The senior also had three steals and dished out a pair of assists playing 18 of the 20 minutes in the first half.
After St. John’s and Miami traded three pointers to open the third, the Hurricanes went on a 7-0 run to tie the score at 38. The Johnnies then scored the next five points thanks to an England jumper and an Adams three to go up 43-38. Later, the Red Storm closed the third on an 11-2 run to bring a 57-46 advantage into the fourth. Hoppie had six points during the run, hitting a pair of threes late in the quarter including one as time expired.
Wellere took over in the fourth quarter, orchestrating a personal 9-0 run to give the Johnnies a 68-54 lead with just under four minutes left in the period. After the Hurricanes cut the lead back to single digits at nine (70-61), the Red Storm scored the next four points to go back up by 13, 74-61. St. John’s held Miami without a basket over the final 45 seconds to close out the win.
St. John’s returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 9 when it hosts James Madison. The Red Storm and Dukes are scheduled for a 2 p.m. first tip inside Carnesecca Arena live on ESPN3.