St. John’s basketball throttled by No. 3 UConn in Storrs

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St. John’s basketball was dominated by No. 3 UConn. 

It was the first trip back to Storrs, Connecticut since 2012 for the St. John’s basketball team since the Red Storm (5-10, 2-8 Big East) pulled off a 57-56 upset over then-No. 2 UConn, snapping a 99-game home court winning streak by the Huskies (12-1, 10-0 Big East).

There was no such upset on Wednesday night as UConn looked very much like the No. 3 team in the nation.

Freshman star, and an eventual No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft, Paige Bueckers was sensational posting a career-high 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field in the Huskies’ 94-62 victory over St. John’s.

Bueckers also added seven assists to her stat line while Aaliyah Edwards chipped in 22 points and Olivia Nelson-Odom added 11 points.

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Preseason Big East Player of the Year Christyn Williams did not play due to an ankle injury.

Despite shooting 52.4-percent from the field at halftime, St. John’s still found themselves down by 20, 44-24, primarily due to 17 first half turnovers, leading to 18 points by UConn.

The Red Storm committed 27 turnovers for the game, resulting in 37 Husky points.

St. John’s was led by sophomore guard Leilani Correa who posted 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting ini the loss.

No one else reached double-figures for the Red Storm.

St. John’s basketball still with brutal schedule looming

Including Wednesday’s loss to UConn, three of St. John’s next four games are against the best two teams in the Big East Conference, the Huskies and DePaul.

The Red Storm saw what was supposed to be its fifth straight road game against Xavier postponed because of a COVID-19 pause within the Musketeers program.

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St. John’s will play its first game at Carnesecca Arena since January 17 on Wednesday, February 10 when the No. 20 DePaul Blue Demons (9-4, 6-2 Big East) come to Queens.

DePaul dominated St. John’s, 101-84, on January 13, which is still the most points surrendered by the Johnnies this season.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30pm EST (Fox Sports 2).