St. John's women win two by 30-plus
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After recording the most lopsided conference win in 13 years just two days prior, the St. John’s women’s basketball team added another blowout victory with a 70-36 triumph over Xavier on Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena.

“A great performance from us from start-to-end again and I’m really proud of the way we played this weekend,” said head coach Joe Tartamella. “We controlled a lot of aspects of the game and were able to turn them over and keep them at a low assist rate.”

In the annual Play4Kay game, both the Red Storm and Musketeers donned pink uniforms to honor former women’s basketball legend Kay Yow and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Additionally, the Johnnies welcomed 11 cancer survivors onto the court prior to tip-off, where each were presented with an autographed pair of pink sneakers.

With the win, St. John’s (14-10, 7-6 Big East) has now won four-consecutive games on its home floor and the back-to-back victories keep the Red Storm in a fifth-place tie in the conference standings.

The 34-point drubbing, combined with the 38-point triumph on Friday against Butler, marked the first back-to-back 30-plus point victories since 1984, when the Johnnies defeated former Big East foes Syracuse and Connecticut by 30 and 56, respectively.

For the second-straight game, St. John’s also set a new season-low for points allowed by holding the Musketeers (9-15, 2-11) to just 36 points on just 14-of-45 shooting.

Sunday also saw the Red Storm hold two-consecutive opponents under 40 points for the first time since the 1975-76 season where in only the second season of collegiate competition, the Johnnies held five-straight adversaries under the 40-point threshold.

Alisha Kebbe finished just one rebound shy of her second-career double-double outing as the sophomore recorded a game-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Maya Singleton and Akina Wellere also reached double figures for the Johnnies. In addition, Singleton grabbed seven rebounds, dished out one assist, and grabbed a steal, while Wellere shot 4-for-5 from the field and added three assists.

St. John’s will be back in action on Friday when they go for the season sweep of Villanova. Tip-off, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Jake Nevin Field House, can be seen on the Big East Digital Network.

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