After kicking off the season with a road victory on Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team will welcome Saint Peter’s to Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday afternoon for the program’s home opener.
Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN3 with Austin Rooney and Sky Lindsay on the call from Queens.
St. John’s enters Tuesday’s meeting with the Peacocks on the heels of a 70-44 drubbing at FDU over the weekend. BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Selection Raven Farley led the way for the Johnnies, recording career highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds. This marked the first double-double of Farley’s collegiate career.
Reigning BIG EAST Sixth Woman of the Year Leilani Correa picked up where she left off in 2019-20, finishing with 16 points and five rebounds for the Red Storm.
Junior guard Kadaja Bailey turned in a terrific all-around performance, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and a steal.
On the defensive front, the Red Storm held the Knights to 19-of-61 (31.1%) shooting from the field and just 6.3 percent (1-of-16) from distance. In addition, the Johnnies crashed the glass well, winning the battle of the boards, 47-30.
Saint Peter’s enters play on Tuesday with a perfect 1-0 record to start the season. The Peacocks defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology in overtime, 69-64, on Nov. 25.
Redshirt senior Taiah Thornton, who was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team, opened the 2020-21 campaign with a triple-double, scoring 15 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and 11 steals against NJIT. Freshman guard Ajia James made a statement in the first game of her collegiate career, turning in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Binta Salawu and Kendrea Williams joined Thorton and James in double figures, recording 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Tuesday will mark the 11th meeting all-time between St. John’s and Saint Peter’s, with the Peacocks leading the series, 6-4. The Red Storm will look to capture its first win over Saint Peter’s since Dec. 15, 2002, when the Johnnies secured a 20-point victory, 68-48, on the road.
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