In its second game in as many days, the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fell short to Wagner, 62-59, on Sunday afternoon at Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.
For the sixth time this season, Leilani Correa led the way for St. John’s in scoring, finishing with 16 points. The junior guard also pulled down four rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals.
Danielle Cosgrove and Unique Drake chipped in 13 points apiece. Drake was spectacular on the afternoon for the Johnnies, converting on four of her five attempts from the floor, including a 3-of-4 mark from three-point range. Drake also went a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe in 28 minutes of action.
Kadaja Bailey finished with eight points and a team-high six rebounds on the afternoon.
Wagner opened up the game on an 8-2 run to lead the way at the under six mark. The Johnnies responded with a 10-4 run of their own to knot the score at 12-12 with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter. The Seahawks, however, regained the lead, 17-14, at the end of the opening frame.
The two teams traded blows over the first seven minutes of the second quarter. With Wagner leading, 24-21, Correa drained a corner three to tie the game at, 24. The home team fired off seven quick points to pull ahead by seven, 24-31, with under a minute to play. With .4 seconds on the clock, Sara Zabrecky drew a foul, sending her to the line. The Munster, Ind., native converted on both her attempts from the charity stripe to put the Johnnies back within five, 31-26, at the half.
The home team grew its lead to nine, 35-26, early in the third quarter before Camree Clegg drained a shot from deep to put St. John’s back within six, 35-29. The Johnnies continued to battle over the remainder of the quarter, but the home team held on to its six-point advantage, 46-40, after 30 minutes of action.
Drake opened up the final frame with back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to tie the game at 46. The two programs traded blows over the next few minutes, and with Wagner leading, 60-56, Drake converted on her third triple of the final quarter to pull the Johnnies within one, 60-59, with four seconds on the clock. That was as close as the Red Storm would get, as the Seahawks used a pair of last second free throws to lock in the win.
St. John’s will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 19, as the Johnnies welcome BIG EAST foe DePaul to Carnesecca Arena.
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