Behind a game-high 20 points from Chanell Williams, Providence defeated St. John’s, 76-53, on Saturday at Alumni Hall.
Senior forward Raven Farley recorded a team-high 12 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from the floor, knocking down a pair of shots from beyond the arc. The Elizabeth, N.J., native also grabbed six boards.
Classmate Qadashah Hoppie joined Farley in double figures, chipping in 10 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists.
Rayven Peeples finished just shy of double-figures with nine points. Kadaja Bailey pulled down a team-high seven boards against the Friars.
St. John’s started off slow offensively, as the Friars took an early 7-2 lead four minutes into the action. St. John’s saw a light at the 5:53 mark, as Hoppie and Camree Clegg converted on back-to-back three-pointers to give the Red Storm its first lead of the afternoon, 8-7.
With under four minutes remaining in the opening frame, the Friars pieced together a 6-2 run to regain the lead, 13-10, after the first 10 minutes of action.
In the opening seconds of the second quarter, Bailey made a drive to the glass to pull the Johnnies back within one, 13-12. The Friars responded with a pair of layups before Farley fired off a 5-0 run of her own to knot the score at 17.
With 6:27 remaining in the half, the home team unleashed a 13-0 run to take a comfortable 30-17 lead. The Johnnies began to chip away at the Friars’ advantage over the remainder of the half, cutting their deficit down to eight, 32-24. However, with the clock winding down, Mary Baskerville, the Friars’ leading scorer, beat the buzzer with a jumper to build their lead back up to 10, 34-24, at the intermission.
Coming out of the locker room, Providence rattled off an 8-2 run to take a commanding 16-point edge over St. John’s, 42-26. Providence continued to control the momentum over the reminder of the third quarter, to lead, 56-38, after 30 minutes of action.
Clegg drew a foul in the opening seconds of the final stanza. The redshirt sophomore converted on both of her attempts from the charity stripe, to trim the Friars’ lead down to 16, 56-40. That was as close as the Johnnies would get, as Providence outscored St. John’s, 20-13, over the reminder of the game to secure the victory.
The Red Storm will return to action on Tuesday, when the Johnnies welcome St. Bonaventure to Carnesecca Arena. The Johnnies and the Bonnies are scheduled to tip-off at noon.
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