The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team kicks off its three-game road stretch on Wednesday with a trip to South Orange, N.J., for a midweek matchup with longtime BIG EAST rival Seton Hall.
Tip-off from Walsh Gymnasium is set for 1 p.m. on FloHoops, with John Fanta and Kim Adams on the call.
St. John’s (4-7, 1-5 BIG EAST) will look to snap a streak of consecutive losses, falling to then-No. 19/22 DePaul in Chicago on Wednesday before dropping its home matchup with Marquette on Sunday.
Senior guard Qadashah Hoppie provided a bright spot for the Johnnies over their two games last week. The Staten Island native averaged a team-best 21.5 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals against the No. 2 and 3 teams in the BIG EAST standings. Hoppie connected on 50.0 percent of her tries from the floor, including a 60.0 percent showing from three-point range. Her week was highlighted by a career-high 28-point performance against the national ranked Blue Demons at Wintrust Arena. Hoppie, who found a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season on Monday, remains the active leading scorer in the conference and ranks inside the top-45 in the NCAA with 1,305 career points.
When the Johnnies travel to Walsh Gymnasium, they will look to snap a three-game Seton Hall winning streak, that included a season-sweep over Butler and a victory against Marquette. The Pirates enter Wednesday’s contest boasting a record of 6-3, including a 4-2 mark in conference action.
Graduate student Andra Espinoza-Hunter, who was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, leads the Pirates in scoring this season with 18.6 points per game. Three other Pirates join Espinoza-Hunter in double-digit scoring for Seton Hall this season, as Lauren Park-Lane sits second on the team with 18.0 points per game while Desiree Elmore and Mya Jackson are averaging 15.6 and 12.9 points per game, respectively.
The Johnnies will look to secure their fourth straight win over the Pirates. Last season, on Feb. 22, 2020, Kadaja Bailey converted on a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the game to secure the 77-76 victory over Seton Hall. In that same game, Leilani Correa exploded for a game-high 32 points on 14-of-28 shooting from the floor.
Following Wednesday’s contest with Seton Hall, the Red Storm will travel to Villanova to take on the Wildcats in a 7 p.m. showdown on Jan. 25.
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