St. John’s basketball sophomore ready to become national name

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St. John’s basketball sophomore Leilani Correra is looking to take the next step in her basketball career.

It was a stellar freshman season for St. John’s basketball standout Leilani Correra who is now looking to take the next step in her colligate career.

In her first season in Queens, Correra was named as the recipient of the Big East’s Sixth-Woman Award, as well as a unanimous selection to the Big East All Freshman Team.

Following the conclusion of the Big East Tournament, the New Jersey native was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

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After averaging 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, Leilani Correra was named to the All-Metropolitan Third Team, Her Hoop Stats Honorable Mention, and selected by ESPN as one of the Top-10 impact freshmen in women’s college basketball.

Scoring was not an issue for the Manchester Township High School star as she was one of two Big East players to record at least 30 points three times last season and the lone freshman to reach the feat, in addition to being the second player in program history post three 30-point games in a season, the first since 1995.

Correra also tied the program’s freshman record with 33 points during a win over Army.

What to expect from the St. John’s basketball star as a sophomore.

Defense will now have a game plan that’s much more centered around stopping the Preseason All-Big East selection but that should not stop the scoring machine from producing.

In her first game of the 2020-21 season, Correa scored 16 points, the second most on the team in the 70-44 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

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Leilani Correra will have backcourt teammate Qadashah Hoppie to help shoulder the scoring load although Hoppie missed the first game because of an injury.

St. John’s will make its home debut on Tuesday, December 1 against St. Peter’s University at 2:00pm EST.

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