St. John’s basketball sees season come to close against No. 1 UConn

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St. John’s basketball season came to an end against the No. 1 UConn Huskies in the Big East Tournament. 

It the toughest task in the Big East Conference and the St. John’s basketball was the team that had to welcome back the No. 1 UConn Huskies (23-1, 18-0 Big East) to the Big East Tournament.

The Johnnies (8-15, 4-12 Big East) had a few chances to take a lead on the Huskies in the early portions of the first quarter and couldn’t covert and it was all UConn from there, as expected.

St. John’s failed to reach double-digit points in the first and second quarters but responded to tally 13 points in the third and fourth quarters, falling 77-41 against the Huskies.

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Every player that stepped on the court scored for St. John’s, as the Red Storm were led by seven points from Leilani Correa and Unique Drake.

After scoring 33 points against the Huskies in the first meeting of the season, Correa scored a combined nine points against Geno Auriemma’s team in its next two games.

Correa was just 3-of-18 from the field as Big East Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year Paige Bueckers paced No. 1 UConn with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

St. John’s basketball shooting woes

St. John’s shot 27.8-percent from the floor and 22.2-percent from three point rage as the Huskies were 44.8-percent from the field.

However, the Red Storm defense held the UConn to just 12.5-percent shooting from downtown (2-of-16).

The Huskies led by as many as 41 points early in the fourth quarter.

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UConn advanced to play No. 5 seed Villanova in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament and would wallop the Wildcats, 84-39 to advance to the Big East Tournament Championship.

Either No. 2 seed Marquette or No. 6 seed Creighton will get the impossible chance of trying to knock off the Huskies on Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena (8:00pm EST, Fox Sports 1).

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