The win marks the first five-game winning streak in conference play for the Red Storm (12-7, 5-3 Big East) since the 2013-14 season, and its first back-to-back victories over the Wildcats (14-3, 4-3) in four years.
“Great team win for us,” said St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella. “They had to play 8 games in 17 days over this stretch, and to start 0-3 and end up where we are is pretty amazing.”
Maya Singleton was her usual self in the triumph, collecting her 13th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The senior also dished out a career-high five assists and stole a pass.
Alisha Kebbe also found her stroke from outside, hitting a pair of triples to lead the Johnnies from downtown. The sophomore totaled 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, while also tallying six rebounds.
Tiana England and Andrayah Adams both reached double figures for the Red Storm, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively. Adams was crucial down the stretch for the home side, making a trio of shots from the charity stripe in the final minute to cement the win.
Facing the best defensive team in the conference, St. John’s shot 25-of-51 (49 percent) from the field, including 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from beyond-the-arc. The percentage from three was a season high for the Wildcats, who are receiving votes in both national polls.
The Red Storm’s 70 points scored were also the second-most the Wildcats have allowed this season.
St. John’s will now enjoy a break from action before taking the court on January 21 to battle Seton Hall on the road.