The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe Creighton, 86-80, on Sunday afternoon at D.J. Sokol Arena.
Leilani Correa led the Red Storm (5-10, 1-4 BIG EAST) with 26 points in the loss to Creighton (12-4, 7-1 BIG EAST). The Manchester, N.J., native shot 11-for-19 from the field and went 4-for-9 from three.
Kadaja Bailey followed closely behind Correa, scoring 22 by going 10-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Danielle Patterson was the third Red Storm player to score in double figures, notching 15 points. Rayven Peeples was unstoppable on the boards, bringing down 13 rebounds to lead all players. That effort followed a 14-board showing on Friday at Providence.
The Johnnies’ offense got off to a hot start, shooting 52.9 percent from the floor and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in the opening quarter. Individually, Patterson logged eight points and a blocked shot in the opening frame. With time ticking down, Correa drained a three with just seconds remaining, helping the Red Storm hold the 23-21 advantage over the Bluejays after the first frame.
St. John’s kept its momentum heading into the second quarter and a 6-2 run by the Johnnies forced Creighton to burn a timeout with nine minutes remaining on the clock. The teams battled back-and-forth with the Bluejays shooting 48.4 percent and the Red Storm going 7-for-12 from the field during the period. St. John’s maintained its lead, and another three by Correa as time expired put the Johnnies ahead 42-39 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Red Storm shot 52.9 percent in the period with 16 of the team’s 19 points coming in the paint. Despite holding Creighton to 9-of-20 from the floor, the Bluejays outscored the Johnnies 24-19 in the third. A layup by Bailey with three seconds remaining sent the team for the final frame behind by just two.
Trailing 63-61 entering the fourth quarter, St. John’s scored the first four points of the frame on buckets from Patterson and Bailey. However, an 8-0 run by the Bluejays with 4:24 remaining put the Johnnies behind 77-72. A three by Correa and a layup from Bailey tied the game, but another 6-0 rally from Creighton followed. The deficit proved to be too much to overcome, and St. John’s fell to the Bluejays 86-80.
Creighton’s Emma Ronsiek led all players with 30 points. The Bluejays bench logged 22 points and the team held a 23-4 advantage in second-chance points. Creighton also scored 19 points off turnovers.
For the team’s next game, St. John’s travels to Seton Hall for a conference showdown on Wednesday night. Tip-off from Walsh Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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