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St. John’s Tiana England earns Big East Freshman of the Week honors

The Stamford native led the St. John’s women’s team to road wins over Albany and Miami

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Redshirt freshman Tiana England earned Big East Freshman of the Week honors after scoring in double-digits in each of the Red Storm’s first two true road games of the year.

Led by their rising freshman player, the St. John’s women’s basketball team concluded their five-game road trip with wins over Albany and Miami this past week to improve to 5-2 on the season.

England was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the win over Albany on November 30 as she scored 16 points and recorded team-highs in rebounds (seven) and assists (nine). St. John’s rebounded from an early fourth quarter-deficit to hold off the Great Danes 71-66.

The Stamford, Connecticut native continued her solid play on Sunday in a 74-64 win in Coral Gables. One of five Johnnies in double figures, England scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with a team-high six assists. Through seven games, England is averaging 11.4 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting and 6.0 assists per game.

England wasn’t the only underclassman with at least one big performance this week. Sophomore Andrayah Adams led the way against Albany with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and also had 13 points against Miami. Freshman Qadashah Hoppie led the Red Storm with 16 points on four three-pointers in the win in Miami.

A balanced offense has continued to propel St. John’s to winning ways in the early part of the season. The Red Storm shot over 57 percent and recorded assists on 20 of their 22 made baskets against Albany, and the win on Sunday marked the fifth time in seven games the team had four or more players to score in double-figures.

A 5-2 record through a challenging part of the schedule has officially rewarded St. John’s in terms of postseason prospects. The first RPI rankings of the women’s college basketball season were released on Monday, and the Red Storm sit at No. 10 in the country, five spots behind Big East rival Villanova.

St. John’s went 1-2 on neutral court in the Gulf Coast Showcase with losses to defending national champion South Carolina and ranked South Florida, after which the Red Storm rebounded with this past week’s double-digit road wins

St. John’s will return to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday against James Madison, the first of four straight home games before the beginning of conference play.