School Record 14 Blocks Highlight 73-49 Win over St. Francis Brooklyn|
Nov. 10, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -The St. John’s women’s basketball team tied a school record with 14 blocks en route to a 73-49 win over St. Francis Brooklyn in its season opener on Friday night inside Carnesecca Arena.
After a tightly contested first half, the Red Storm pulled away in the latter stanza thanks in part to a 17-0 run with time winding down.
“To be able to close the way we did, I felt really helped us,” said Head Coach Joe Tartamella. “Everybody had a moment in that run, and some of them may not have had those opportunities prior to this night so I felt like that was very impressive.”
St. John’s saw 35 of its 73 points come from the bench. Freshman Qadashah Hoppie excelled in her freshman debut, tying sophomore Andrayah Adams for a team high 16 points. Adams performance was highlighted by four shots from beyond the three-point line.
Tiana England, Akina Wellere and Maya Singleton joined Hoppie and Adams in double figures for the Johnnies. Singleton had a double-double performance, dropping 10 points and pulling down 11 boards on the night. Wellere added 13 points while England registered all 12 of her points in the second half.
From the field St. John’s hit 29 of their 65 tries and drained eight of their shots from beyond the three-point line to come away with a 45 percent success rate. The Johnnies had success on the defensive end, forcing 21 Terrier turnovers and coming away with 12 steals in addition to their 14 blocks.
On the other end, the Johnnies limited the Terriers to a 31 percent conversion rate from the floor.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, as the squads entered the locker room with St. John’s leading 25-20.
The Johnnies turned over a new leaf in the second half, putting up 24 points in the third quarter alone. Hoppie and Adams each scored eight points in the period, going a combined 6-of-7 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers from Adams.
The Red Storm put the game to bed in the fourth, unleashing a 17-0 run in just under five minutes of game play. Wellere paced the well-balanced tear with six points.
St. John's will be back in action on Friday, when the Red Storm welcomes William & Mary to Carnesecca Arena. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.