Feb. 16, 2017
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Coming off a 65-54 win over Georgetown in its last outing, the St. John’s women’s basketball team is on the road for its final two road games of the 2016-17 regular season this weekend. The Johnnies will visit Providence on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip from Alumni Hall.
BIG EAST commentators Chris Fama and Peter Gay will have the call on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
NEWS & NOTES
• Against the Hoyas, St. John’s was led by its top three scorers, Akina Wellere, Aaliyah Lewis and Jade Walker. All three players scored in double figures as the Johnnies earned their 10th win at home this season.
• Wellere scored a team-high 19 points, just one shy of tying her career best. The sophomore from Chicago, Ill., has scored in double figures 14 times this season, including each of the past two games. For her efforts against Villanova and Georgetown, Wellere was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll and was a Met Basketball Writers Association Honorable Mention.
• Lewis continued to distribute the ball against Georgetown, dishing out eight assists. The senior currently leads the conference with 6.3 assists per game and her 165 total dimes this year rank 12th in the nation through games played on Feb. 14. Additionally, her season total ties Nadirah McKenith's mark from the 2012-13 campaign for seventh-most in a single season.
• Walker, who was limited to just 26 minutes for the second-straight game, still managed to score 14 points and reach double digits for the 19th time this season. During BIG EAST play, Walker’s 15.7 points per game rank third in the league.
• Earlier this week, Head Coach Joe Tartamella announced that Imani Littleton will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The junior had been the team’s leading rebounder and shot blocker this season.
• Providence enters Friday’s game against St. John’s with an overall record of 10-15 and 2-12 in BIG EAST play.
• The Friars are led by the duo of Jovana “Yoyo” Nogic and Sarah Beal. Nogic is the team’s leading scorer, putting in 14.5 points per game. Beal is right behind her at 13.5 points per contest.
• Nogic is leading the BIG EAST in made three pointers with 78 on the season. Her 44.3 percent from behind the arc ranks third in the conference behind Wellere and Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn.
• As a team, the Friars have shot well from the field. Providence owns the conference’s third-highest field goal percentage, making shots at a 42.7 percent clip this season.
• Providence leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, knocking down 74.6 percent of its tries from the charity stripe.
ST. JOHN’S VS. PROVIDENCE — THE SERIES
• Friday’s contest between St. John’s and Providence will be the 66th meeting all-time between the two longtime rivals.
• Overall, St. John’s holds a 39-26 advantage against the Friars, rattling off 13 straight wins dating back to 2008. Since the 2003-04 campaign, the Red Storm has won 18 of the last 19 meetings between the two teams.
The Last Meeting
January 22, 2017
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
Tartamella Earns 100th Win in 60-50 Victory over Providence
Leading 50-48 with under three minutes to go in the fourth, the St. John's women's basketball team used a 10-0 run to take a 60-48 advantage with 17 seconds to play as the Johnnies pulled away from Providence, 60-50, at Carnesecca Arena Sunday afternoon. With the win, Head Coach Joe Tartamella became the fifth coach in program history to win 100 games.
• The last time these two teams met, Tartamella picked up career win No. 100.