The St. John’s Red Storm snapped their three-game losing streak, in a commanding win Friday evening. They were dialed in from long distance and used a stout defensive effort to best the Butler Bulldogs, 76-38.
Winners of the last three meetings, St. John’s now leads the all-time series, 7-2.
This victory moves St. John’s to 13-10 overall and 6-6 in Big East Conference play, which is tied for fifth place.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for coach Joe Tartamella’s squad. After erupting for a 29-point second quarter, the Red Storm never looked back.
Offensively, they were locked in, shooting 55 percent from the field and 47 percent from behind the arc. Additionally, the bench (38) nearly outscored Butler. Attempting only four free-throws makes the scoring output even more outstanding.
Most impressive, their stingy defense held Butler to season-lows in points (38) and field-goal percentage (28). Stifled on nearly every possession, the Bulldogs never found their rhythm.
“They’re not as deep as they’ve been, so you try to get into their bench,” said coach Tartamella, when asked what the main focus was defensively. “The focus is the same every game, we just try to take away things that they do well and try to disrupt and take away timing. We did a great job of really being able to help inside.”
Games like this show what the Red Storm are capable of, when everyone is healthy.
Qadashah Hoppie scored a game-high 16 points to go along with three assists. Most her her production came from long distance, as she went 4-8.
Alisha Kebbe added 12 points and five rebounds while Andrayah Adams chipped in 10 points and three rebounds.
Maya Singleton and Kayla Charles led all players with six rebounds apiece.
Tiana England dished out a game-high seven assists.
Kristen Spolyar led the Bulldogs with 12 points while Tori Schickel contributed 10 points and four rebounds.
This loss brings Butler to 13-11 overall and 5-7 in Big East Conference play.
The Red Storm get to stay home, as they host Xavier, Sunday at 2p.m. ET. St. John’s walked away with a narrow 67-63 victory, in the previous meeting, back on January 7.