St. John’s basketball drops both games on weekend road trip

St. John's basketball head coach Joe Tartamella (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball head coach Joe Tartamella (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball drops games to Providence and Creighton over the weekend on the road. 

Over the weekend, the St. John’s basketball team fell to Providence (8-8, 3-4 Big East) and Creighton (12-4, 7-1 Big East) as its losing skid was extended.

The Red Storm (5-10, 1-4 Big East) traveled up to Rhode Island on Friday to take on Providence in Alumni Hall and scoring was tough to come by for both teams.

The Johnnies especially struggled to find offense with junior star Leilani Correa being held scoreless for the entire first half asProvidence shot 43-percent in the first quarter to lead 18-11.

The second quarter featured just 14 combined points between the teams and the Johnnies were trailing 24-19 at the intermission.

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Correa would break out of the scoreless first half with 11 points in the third quarter to singlehandedly keep the game close, as well as surpass the 1,000 career point barrier.

Other than Correa’s points, the Red Storm offense continued to struggle in the third quarter as Correa’s two made 3-pointers were the only made field goals in the quarter for St. John’s.

The St. John’s offense would wake up in the fourth quarter, starting on a 9-0 run, to take a 40-38 lead.

Kadaja Bailey had a strong game with 19 points and was a large part of the Red Storm’s attempt at a comeback win.

The Friars would finish off the game on a 6-0 run to secure the win, 56-49.

St. John’s basketball finishes road trip with another heartbreaker

On Sunday, the Johnnies took the trip out to Omaha to take on Creighton and the offense got off to a better start than Friday’s contest with the Red Storm holding a 23-21 lead after the 1st quarter.

The Johnnies would lead 42-39 at halftime.

It was a more typical offensive day from Correa with 26 points and Bailey had another strong game with 22 points, but it would not be enough for a win as Creighton outscored the Red Storm 47-38 in the second half to pull away with a 86-80 win behind Emma Ronsiek’s 30 points.

Danielle Patterson had a big 15 point game in the loss after four straight games not reaching double figures.

St. John’s has now lost six straight games with its last win coming back on December 11 over La Salle.

The losing streak has seen the Red Storm drop games to Wagner and Brown, in addition to losses against Stony Brook and Charlotte earlier in the season.

Next up for St. John’s will be another road game against rival Seton Hall (7-7, 2-4 Big East) at Walsh Gymnasium on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

The Red Storm beat the Pirates earlier this season at Carnesecca Arena on December 5, 88-75.

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