Dec. 7, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Coming off of a 74-64 road win against Miami last Sunday, the St. John’s women’s basketball team will kick off a four-game homestand at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday against St. John’s head coach Joe Taramella’s alma mater James Madison (3-5), with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET).
The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Nkwa Asonye and former St. John’s standout Sky Lindsay on the call from Carnesecca Arena.
The Red Storm will be looking to win its third-consecutive game after picking up a pair of hard-earned road wins over Albany and Miami in the span of just four nights. The Johnnies will also put their perfect home record on the line Saturday, having defeated St. Francis Brooklyn and William & Mary to open the season.
The tilt will mark the third all-time meeting between the programs, with the teams splitting the previous two games. Last season, the Red Storm overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Dukes, 74-63, behind a double-double performance from Imani Littleton. The San Diego native finished with 14 points and a career-high 13 boards.
Maya Singleton continued her torrid start to the season in the Red Storm’s last outing against the Hurricanes, scoring 15 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. The effort on the glass was just three boards shy of her career-high, 20, which she set against Villanova last season.
The stellar play earned the forward her fifth double-double in just seven games, tying her for most in a single season since the program’s all-time leading rebounder Amber Thompson posted eight as a junior in 2013-14.
Sunday’s effort against the Hurricanes was also the fifth time in seven games where St. John’s had at least four players score in double figures, as Singleton, Tiana England, Akina Wellere, Qadashah Hoppie, and Andrayah Adams all eclipsed the 10-point mark in the win.
James Madison enters Saturday’s meeting looking to settle in on offense. The Dukes are shooting only 38.3 percent from the field while allowing their opponents to score at a 43.2 percent clip. In its last outing, JMU was able to increase its scoring output by shooting 44 percent from the field in its 58-47 win over Liberty.
In that winning performance over the Flames, JMU’s leading scorer Kamiah Smalls tallied her second double-double of the season with 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The sophomore guard sits third in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in points per game with 15.5 through eight contests.
The Red Storm will look to keep up its defensive intensity, having held its last two opponents to 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 27.5 percent from long distance. In addition, the Johnnies have forced 19 turnovers per game and blocked 12 shots over that same span.
Saturday marks the beginning of a tough homestand for the Johnnies, playing four games in just 13 days. St. John’s will matchup against interborough foe Fordham, Big 12 opponent Kansas, and in-state adversary Buffalo.