Dec. 30, 2017
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CHICAGO – Using a 29-point second quarter, the four-time reigning BIG EAST regular season champions, DePaul, defeated St. John’s, 76-67, on Saturday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Maya Singleton tallied her eighth double-double of the season for the Red Storm, scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. The senior also recorded four steals and a pair of blocks.
St. John’s (7-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) set the tone in the opening moments of the first quarter by making impact plays on both sides of the ball. The Red Storm connected on six of their first nine shots of the quarter and forced a trio of DePaul turnovers to take an early 12-10 lead at the game’s first media timeout.
DePaul (10-4, 2-0 BIG EAST) clamped down on the defensive end as the quarter wore on, holding the Johnnies to only one bucket over the final four minutes of the opening stanza to build a 20-14 lead at the end of ten minutes.
Coming just 48 hours after tying a school record with 19 3-pointers in a game, DePaul’s long-distance game woke up early in the second quarter as the Blue Demons hit on back-to-back possessions to open up a 28-18 lead and forcing a Red Storm timeout.
DePaul hit five from beyond the arc in the second quarter to score 29 points in the period and lead 49-27 after 20 minutes. The 29 points were the most allowed by the Red Storm in a quarter this season.
After starting the game on fire offensively, St. John’s struggled to find the touch as the first half moved along. Following the 6-for-9 start, the Red Storm went 6-for-31 from the field to end the opening half.
The Johnnies came out with ferocity to start the second half, scoring the first nine points of the quarter and holding the Blue Demons scoreless for over four minutes to begin of the third.
St. John’s continued to battle back as the third period moved along, embarking on a 17-3 run to whittle the DePaul lead to eight. The Johnnies pulled the deficit under ten when Andrayah Adams hit her second triple of the quarter and ignited the bench and the Red Storm faithful in attendance.
DePaul answered the long run by striking for the quarter’s final eight points, including a four-point play, to restore a 16-point advantage at the end of three stanzas.
The Blue Demons continued its hot shooting in the fourth quarter by hitting their first five shots of the period to extend the lead to 21.
With just under four minutes to play, St. John’s cut the lead down to nine again thanks to a 14-2 run, but could not get any closer as the Blue Demons closed out the win.
Overall, the Johnnies outscored DePaul, 40-27, in the second half, but could not overcome the 22-point halftime deficit.
Chicago native Akina Wellere also reached double figures in her return the Windy City on Saturday, scoring 11 points.
It took only 23 minutes of game action for Singleton, the BIG EAST’s leading rebounder, to record her eighth double-double of the season.
Tiana England led the Johnnies in points with 14 on 6-of-13 shooting. The redshirt freshman also recorded five assists and five rebounds.
Battling one of the fastest teams in the country, St. John’s held the Blue Demons without a point in the fast break while also outscoring DePaul, 36-28, in the paint.
St. John’s returns to Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 2 to host Providence in its BIG EAST home opener.