The St. John’s women’s basketball team fell to Charlotte, 82-64, on Saturday afternoon at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla.
After trailing by as many as 19 early in the third quarter, the Red Storm squad managed to cut its deficit down to six, 70-64, in the final minutes of regulation. The 49ers, however, closed out the game on a 13-0 run to lock in the win.
One day after setting a new career-high for points with 15, Danielle Patterson finished with a new personal-best 19 points against the 49ers. The Brooklyn native converted on six of her eight tries from the floor. The 6-foot-2 forward also knocked down six of her eight attempts from the charity stripe.
Two other players finished in double figures, as Leilani Correa and Danielle Cosgrove turned in 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Camree Clegg and Sara Zabrecky chipped in eight points each on the afternoon. Clegg also dished out a team-high five assists to go along with a trio of steals.
Charlotte jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the opening seconds of the first quarter. The Johnnies responded with eight unanswered points to take over the lead, 8-5, at the 7:38 mark. The two teams battled back-and-forth over the remainder of the quarter, as the 49ers regained the lead, 18-16, after 10 minutes of action.
Correa capitalized on a Charlotte turnover to knot the score at 18-18 in the first minute of the second stanza. The 49ers, however, answered back with a 19-2 run to take a double-digit lead, 37-20, with just under four minutes to play. Charlotte continued to control the momentum over the remainder of the half, leading 44-27 at the intermission.
The 49ers grew their lead to 19, 46-27, in the first two minutes of the third quarter. The Johnnies began to trim down their deficit over the next few minutes, getting back within 11, 53-42. Charlotte rattled off seven unanswered points to balloon its lead back up to 18, 60-42. The Red Storm squad continued to battle, over the reminder of the period, as Zabrecky drained a triple to beat the buzzer and cut the 49ers advantage down to 12, 64-52, entering the final frame.
Correa, the Red Storm’s leading scorer, drained seven early points for St. John’s in the fourth quarter to put the Johnnies back within single digits, 66-59. With under four minutes to play in regulation, the Red Storm inched back within six, 70-64. That was as close as the St. John’s would get, as Charlotte closed out the game on a 13-0 run.
The Red Storm will return to action tomorrow when the Johnnies take on No. 19 UCLA at Hertz Arena. Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. on FloSports.
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