The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team returns to the hardwood on Wednesday night, facing its second nationally-ranked opponent in as many games, as the Johnnies welcome No. 22/22 DePaul to Carnesecca Arena.
Tip-off between the Red Storm and the Blue Demons is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET on FS2, with John Fanta and Kim Adams on the call from Queens.
Following a four-game road stretch, the Johnnies return home to Carnesecca Arena for the first time in over three weeks. The Red Storm (5-10, 2-8 BIG EAST) will look to improve to 4-2 this season in Queens.
In the Red Storm’s most recent setback to then-No. 3/5 Connecticut, Leilani Correa, the team’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game, paced the Johnnies with a game-high 33 points on 11-of-21 shooting, including a career-best five three pointers. The 6-foot sophomore has finished in double figures 13 times in 14 chances, including a BIG EAST-leading four 30-point efforts. Dating back to her rookie season, Correa has reached the 30-point plateau seven times. With 20.9 points per game this season, the Manchester, N.J., native currently sits third in the BIG EAST and sixth among sophomores on the national level. In addition to her scoring prowess, Correa leads the team in steals with 1.6 per game, good enough to rank 10th in the conference.
Junior guard Kadaja Bailey, who is averaging a double-double over the Johnnies’ last three games, finished just shy of double figures against the nationally-ranked Huskies, chipping in nine points. The Long Beach, N.Y., product also dished out a team-high five assists at UConn.
Nearly four weeks since meeting in Chicago, St. John’s will look to earn its first victory over DePaul since March 7, 2016, when the Johnnies defeated the top-seeded Blue Demons in the BIG EAST Semifinals.
DePaul enters its matchup with St. John’s on the heels of a thrilling 87-82 victory at Marquette on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons own a 10-4 record this season, including a 7-2 mark during conference play. Wednesday will be the 28th all-time meeting between the two programs, with DePaul leading the all-time series, 22-5.
In DePaul’s most recent contest with Marquette, Deja Church led the Blue Demons (10-4, 7-2 BIG EAST) with a career-high 24 points while adding six rebounds and five steals. Sonya Morris, who leads DePaul in scoring this season with 18.6 points per game, added 23. Dee Bekelja and Lexi Held netted 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Should the Red Storm prevail against DePaul, it would be the program’s first win over a Top-25 opponent since the 2018-19 season, when the Johnnies bested then-No. 8/7 Marquette, 81-74, at Carnesecca Arena.
Following the Red Storm’s matchup with DePaul, the Johnnies will travel to Indianapolis on Saturday for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Butler Bulldogs.
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