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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Heads to Creighton for Sunday Matinee

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team continues BIG EAST action on Sunday, as the squad heads to Omaha for a contest against Creighton at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Jon Schriner and Jake Eidsenburg on the call. 

The Red Storm (5-9, 1-3 BIG EAST) fell on the road at Providence, 56-49, on Friday. Leilani Correa became the 27th St. John’s player to reach 1,000 career points during the loss. After being held scoreless in the first half, the Manchester, N.J., native scored 13 points, tallied four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists. Kadaja Bailey led the Johnnies with 19 points while Rayven Peeples posted a career-best 14 rebounds.

Head Coach Joe Tartamella enters the game with a record of 175-124 in his 10th season leading the Red Storm, one victory shy of tying his mentor, Kim Barnes Arico, for first place on the program’s all-time wins list. Tartamella spent nine seasons on Barnes Arico’s staff, starting as a graduate assistant in 2002 before serving three years as an assistant coach and four seasons as the program’s associate head coach.  Tartamella has been to six postseasons as the Red Storm’s head coach, including a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances.  In 2016, his Johnnies won the program’s first BIG EAST title since 1988.  

Creighton (11-4, 6-1 BIG EAST) comes into the game with an 11-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark against BIG EAST opponents. The team is 8-1 at home with a 73-71 loss to South Dakota on Dec. 16 standing as the lone blemish this season. The Bluejays rank sixth nationally with 294 total assists and fourth in the country with 19.6 assists per game.

The Bluejays have three players averaging double-figures this season with Emma Ronsiek leading the way at 13.3 points per game. Morgan Maly follows close behind the sophomore with 11.3 points and Lauren Jensen boasts 10.8 points per game this season. Tatum Remboa leads Creighton with 86 total assists and 5.7 assists per game.

Sunday will mark the 22nd meeting all-time between the Red Storm and the Bluejays, a series in which the Johnnies hold a 12-9 edge overall and a 4-3 advantage in games played at Creighton. The teams did not face off during the 2020-21 season, as both meetings were canceled due to COVID-19.

After its trip to Omaha, St. John’s heads to Seton Hall for a BIG EAST showdown on Wednesday night.  Tip-off from Walsh Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

For more information on the St. John’s University Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://redstormsports.com/index.aspx

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