St. John’s basketball grabs two wins in dominant week

St. John's basketball head coach Joe Tartamella (Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball head coach Joe Tartamella (Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s basketball sweeps the week with wins over Butler and Georgetown

Last week the St. John’s basketball team continued to build off of a dominant win over Xavier on February 6 in Cincinnati and grabbed two more against Butler and Georgetown.

The Red Storm headed to Indianapolis to take on the Butler Bulldogs last Wednesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

A matchup at Carnesecca Arena set for early January was canceled and no makeup date has been announced, so this looks to be the only regular-season matchup between the two teams this season.

The first half was a close affair as Butler cut into St. John’s 23-15 first-quarter lead and the Red Storm entered halftime with just a 39-38 advantage.

The Johnnies would put together a strong 3rd quarter, shooting 50% from the field and 40% from 3-point range and outscored the Bulldogs 19-11 in the quarter to once again gain some separation.

St. John’s would also take advantage of Butler’s turnovers, scoring 14 points on 13 giveaways by the Bulldogs.

St. John’s would do enough to keep Butler at arm’s length and close out the Bulldogs 73-61.

Leilani Correa led the scoring for the Johnnies with 21 points, chipping in 8 rebounds as well. Rayven Peeples has a 16-point, 10 rebound double-double in another strong outing for the senior forward.

Camree Clegg also had 8 points and 5 assists as the graduate student guard earned her 3rd straight start. Unique Drake, who has been moved to the bench in favor of Clegg, gave a scoring boost with 9 points and 4 assists.

After the road win over Butler, St. John’s came back home to take on Georgetown at Carnesecca Arena last Friday night.

St. John’s basketball looking to continue strong performances

The Johnnies were looking for the season sweep over the Hoyas after an 80-52 triumph in the nation’s capital on January 25th.

St. John’s would tie their largest margin of victory this season, taking down the Hoyas 79-45.

The Red Storm were in control from the very beginning, jumping out to an 18-7 lead early on and were up 43-14 at the half.

The Hoyas would go on a 9-2 run to open up the 2nd half, but the game never got to a point where the lead would be in doubt for the Red Storm. St. John’s would finish off the game outscoring the Hoyas 19-11 in the final 10 minutes.

The scoring was spread around in this one for St. John’s as four players finished in double figures. Danielle Patterson led with 13 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.

Drake also had 12 off the bench, Correa had 11 points and 6 rebounds, and Peeples had 10 points and 8 rebounds in the dominant win.

St. John’s has now won three straight games and is now 10-15 overall, 6-9 in Big East play with four games left in the regular season.

Next up, the Red Storm will take on Crieghton on Friday at 1 PM looking to get some revenge on the Bluejays after falling 86-80 in Omaha back on January 16th.

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