After losing its first three conference games at the turn of the New Year, the St. John’s women’s basketball team will look to .500 in Big East play at second-place Butler on Wednesday night.
The Red Storm, tied for sixth in the Big East, pulled off a pair of close victories to snap a four-game losing streak last week with an overtime win over Creighton and a four-point win on the road against Xavier.
Who: St. John’s Red Storm (9-7, 2-3 Big East) vs. Butler Bulldogs (11-5, 3-1 Big East)
Where: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
When: Wednesday, January 10 at 7 p.m.
TV: FS2 and Fox Sports Go
Last Meeting: St. John’s beat Butler twice last season, 62-41 at Hinkle Fieldhouse on January 5, 2017 and 62-55 at Carnesecca Arena on January 27, 2017.
Double figures in double categories have been the story in recent weeks for the St. John’s women’s team.
Maya Singleton (11.7 points per game, 12.2 rebounds per game) has recorded a double-double in 10 games this season, eighth most in the nation, including in three of SJU’s last four games. Singleton scored a career-best 16 points and grabbed 14 boards in Sunday’s win over Xavier.
Tiana England also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists in the win over Creighton on January 5. Five of St. John’s regulars are averaging double figures in points, including Singleton and England as well as Qadashah Hoppie, Andrayah Adams and leading-scorer Akina Wellere.
Grinding a way
St. John’s has frequently had to overcome cold early shooting in recent weeks, as the team has hit just under 33 percent from the field in the first quarter in conference play. Even still, the Red Storm has stayed in ballgames thanks to a stingy team-effort on defense; the team has held Big East opponents to 40.3 percent shooting and has out-rebounded them 197 to 184.
St. John’s also lead the conference in shot-blocking with Singleton and Imani Littleton leading the team with 24 and 21, respectively.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Butler (11-5, 3-1) will similarly look to continue its winning ways, having won its last three Big East games quite handily, as well as seven of its last eight. The Bulldogs have held conference opponents to under 35 percent from the floor and they lead the Big East in rebounding (26.8 per game)
Juniors Whitney Jennings (18.9 PPG, 3.1 assists per game) and Tori Schickel (17.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG) have led the Bulldogs through this recent winning streak, as they rank second and fifth respectively in scoring in the Big East. Schickel also trails only Singleton in rebounding in the conference.
Following the trip to Indianapolis, St. John’s will return to Carnesecca Arena to face Georgetown and Villanova on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.