St. John's Readies for Battle with Villanova in Sunday Matinee

Jan. 13, 2018

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Closing out a stretch of three games in just five days, the St. John’s women’s basketball team will host Villanova on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Queens.

Fans can stream the game live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with John Fanta and Sky Lindsay on the call from Carnesecca Arena.

St. John’s (11-7, 4-3 BIG EAST) has been on a roll of late, winning its previous four games over conference foes Creighton, Xavier, Butler, and Georgetown. The Red Storm will look for its first five-game winning streak in conference play since the Johnnies won seven straight during the 2013-14 season.

In its most recent outing, the Red Storm turned in its best effort of the season on the defensive end, rolling past long-time BIG EAST rival, Georgetown, 64-41, on Friday night.

Qadashah Hoppie scored 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting to lead the Johnnies (11-7, 4-3 BIG EAST), reaching double figures for the sixth time in her last seven appearances.

Three other Johnnies finished in double figures, as Alisha Kebbe and Andrayah Adams tallied 12 points apiece, while Maya Singleton tallied her 12th double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.  All 11 of the senior’s points came in the second half, helping the Johnnies notch their eighth-straight win against the Hoyas (7-9, 2-4 BIG EAST).

As a team, St John’s held the Hoyas to 41 points on just 15-of-55 (27.3%) shooting from the field, both of which marked season lows for the Red Storm.

Sunday will mark the 64th all-time meeting between St. John’s and Villanova with the Wildcats owning a 38-26 advantage.  Villanova has won five of the previous six meetings between the programs, but the Johnnies own a 15-12 mark on their home floor.

In their most recent outing, the Red Storm defeated the Wildcats, 56-40, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 BIG EAST Conference Tournament in Milwaukee. Aaliyah Lewis went off for a career-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor. The senior from Staten Island, N.Y., also hit two of her three attempts from behind the arc while handing out five assists, grabbing four rebounds and coming away with four steals.

Villanova (14-2, 4-2 BIG EAST), who is receiving votes in both the AP and USA TODAY Coaches polls, enters Sunday’s tilt on a three-game winning streak. The Wildcats upended Seton Hall, 67-59, on Friday night in South Orange, N.J. for their fourth conference victory of the year. Earlier in the season, Villanova picked up a marquee win over No. 11/12 Duke, 64-55, at home.

The Wildcats are led by a pair of lethal guards in Adrianna Hahn and Kelly Jekot who lead the team with 12.4 and 12.3 points per game, respectively. Villanova is also the top-defensive team in the conference, leading the league in scoring defense (56.4 ppg), field goal percentage defense (36.5%), and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.3%).

St. John’s will hit the road for a three-game swing starting on Jan. 21 when the Johnnies battle Seton Hall at 1 p.m.


 

 

The Last Meeting
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Villanova40
March 5, 2017
Milwaukee, Wis. (Al McGuire Center)
St. John's Upends Villanova, 56-40, Advances to BIG EAST Semifinals
Behind a career night from Aaliyah Lewis, the fifth-seeded St. John's Red Storm moved past fourth-seeded Villanova with a convincing 56-40 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2017 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday night.

 

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