The St. John's women's basketball team was able to split their pair of weekend Midwest road games against Marquette and DePaul this week, first pulling away from the Golden Eagles on Friday for a 64-52 victory before being blown out by the Blue Demons on Sunday night, 82-55.
In Friday's victory St. John's trailed by two points at the half on the road at Marquette, however they used a 16-0 run in the second half to propel themselves to a victory over the Golden Eagles, who have just three Big East wins on the season.
Aliyyah Handford again led the way for the Red Storm with 20 points, and she was also able to add a team-gig five assists and five steals to that total as well. Danaejah Grant and Aliyyah Lewis each trailed Handford with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
However, the Red Storm would see nowhere near as much success on Sunday afternoon against conference-leading DePaul, as they would trail the Blue Demons by as many as 30 en route to an 82-55 loss.
Grant was able to score 22 for St. John's while adding 11 rebounds, however her counterpart Handford scored only nine points on just 3-9 shooting. Amber Thompson was also able to pull down 10 rebounds on the afternoon.
Now with a 17-8 overall record and sitting in a tie for fifth place with an 8-6 conference record, St. John's will return home for two games this week against Villanova on Friday night and Georgetown on Saturday afternoon.
The Johnnies were not featured on the latest edition of ESPN's "Bracketology," released earlier this week, as the Big East received just two bids as a conference.
Grant named to Big East Honor Roll
Danaejah Grant received her third weekly honor from the Big East this season and was named to her second Big East Honor Roll earlier this week after she averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Red Storm's pair of road games over the weekend.
She missed a double-double by just one rebound in the win over Marquette, and the award was the first distinction that she received from the conference since she was named to the Women's Honor Roll on December 15.