Facing BIG EAST rival Butler on Saturday afternoon, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team turned in its best effort of the season on the defensive end, rolling past the Bulldogs of Butler University, 47-35, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Unique Drake led the way in scoring for St. John’s (6-11, 3-9 BIG EAST), recording 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. The Columbia, S.C., native also dished out a team-high four assists, while grabbing three rebounds.
Kadaja Bailey stuffed the stat sheet for the Red Storm, picking up her third double-double of the season. The Long Beach, N.Y., native finished with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, to go along with 10 rebounds. The junior guard also recorded a career-high five blocks against the Bulldogs.
Leilani Correa chipped in nine points on the afternoon. The sophomore guard from Manchester, N.J., also tied Bailey with a team-best 10 boards.
As a team, St. John’s set a new season-low for points allowed by holding the Bulldogs to just 35 points on 11-of-48 (22.9%) shooting from the floor. The Red Storm also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Bulldogs, 42-34.
The Johnnies, who ranked inside the top-15 in the NCAA for blocks entering today’s contest, registered 12 rejections on the afternoon.
Neither team managed to generate much offense in the early going of the contest. After three-and-a-half minutes of scoreless action for both programs, Bailey finally broke through for the Red Storm, capitalizing on a steal. This ignited a 14-4 run to take the Johnnies to the end of the period.
Over the first 10 minutes of action, the Red Storm’s defense was locked in, holding the Bulldogs to 2-of-11 shooting from the floor. The Johnnies, who sit second overall in the BIG EAST in blocks, grabbed four rejections, three steals and 10 rebounds in the first quarter alone.
Butler (1-14, 1-13 BIG EAST) found the bottom of the bucket first to open up the second stanza, before the Johnnies utilized an 8-2 run, building their lead up to 14, 22-8. The Bulldogs responded, firing off nine unanswered points to cut their deficit down to five, 22-17, at the intermission.
The Bulldogs continued to chip away at the Red Storm’s advantage in the early minutes of the third quarter, using a 9-3 run to jump ahead by one, 32-31. The home team’s advantage was short lived as the Johnnies’ defense held Butler without a point over the final 2:21 of the third quarter to take back the lead, 35-32.
St. John’s opened up the final frame on a 12-0 tear, ballooning its advantage to 15, 47-32, to put the score out of reach for the Bulldogs.
The Johnnies will return to action on Wednesday, when they welcome No. 2/1 Connecticut to Carnesecca Arena for a 6 p.m. matchup.
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