The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team will continue its four-game road swing on Sunday, as the Johnnies travel to UMass for a 2 p.m. meeting with the Minutewomen.
The matchup between the two programs will be available to live stream on ESPN+.
The Johnnies aim to bounce back from a heartbreaking setback at Delaware on Thursday afternoon which marked their second loss of the season. Despite a career-high 35-point effort from Leilani Correa and a late Red Storm run, the Johnnies could not mount a comeback, eventually falling to the Blue Hens, 93-88, at Bob Carpenter Center.
With 35 points against Delaware, Correa became the first St. John’s player to reach that mark since Tawana Jackson turned in 36 points against Boston College on Feb. 1, 1995. After recording three 30-point performances a season ago, Correa is one of just three Johnnies in program history to eclipse the 30-point plateau four times in her early St. John’s career, joining Jackson (1995) and Cozette Ballentine (1989-92).
In addition to Correa, Qadashah Hoppie also delivered a strong performance in her season debut, finishing with 23 points to go along with four assists and two steals.
Additionally, the guard duo of Kadaja Bailey and Unique Drake chipped in nine points apiece. Bailey also contributed five rebounds, four assists and two thefts for St. John’s.
Sunday will mark the 14th all-time meeting between the Red Storm and UMass, with the Johnnies holding a 10-3 advantage. In the two team’s last showdown a season ago, Hoppie paced the way offensively for St. John’s with 22 points against the Minutewomen. The Staten Island native also recorded three rebounds and three steals en route to the Red Storm’s 82-71 victory.
UMass enters Sunday’s contest with a 4-1 record. The Minutewomen are riding a three-game winning streak, most recently defeating New Hampshire, 74-55, on Thursday in Durham.
Sunday’s contest poses a test for the Red Storm’s defense as the Minutewomen lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring this season with 77.6 points per game, shooting at a league-best 48.1 clip from the floor. Senior guard Sam Breen, who was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Preseason Team, did not play in the two team’s matchup a season ago, as she sat out the fall semester due to NCAA transfer regulations. Breen is averaging 19.2 points per game this year, to sit second overall on the team. Sophomore Sydney Taylor leads the Minutewomen in scoring and ranks third in the conference through five contests with 19.8 points per game.
After Sunday’s matchup with UMass, the Johnnies will play their second conference game of the season when they travel to Marquette on Wednesday. The Red Storm and the Golden Eagles are scheduled to tip off at 3:00 p.m. ET inside the Al McGuire Center.
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