“I thought DePaul did a great job of really making us uncomfortable throughout the whole game,” head coach Joe Tartamella said. “I felt the first quarter we actually did a really good job and allowed them to really kind of break our back in the second.
“Obviously scoring four points is not a way that you want to stay in the game, especially going into half,” he added.
Akina Wellere led the offense with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. The sophomore also hit one of her two tries from behind the arc and went 2-for-3 from the charity stripe. On the glass, the Chicago native brought down four boards while recording one assist.
Alisha Kebbe narrowly missed a double-double as the freshman finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
The Big East All-Freshman Team pick hit three of her six attempts from the field including both of her tries from distance. Additionally, Kebbe came away with three steals to tie her career high.
Aaliyah Lewis added nine points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals. The senior did most of her damage from the free throw line, knocking down five of her seven attempts.
Men drop their season finale
DePaul led by as many as 26 midway through the fourth, but the Red Storm fought to shave the lead back to 18 in the final minute of the game.
Despite a furious late second-half push, the St. John’s men’s basketball team proved unable to overcome early shooting woes as the Providence Friars notched their sixth-consecutive win and their 20th overall, 86-75, on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
“No energy, no pop,” head coach Chris Mullin said if his team’s performance. “It’s always that balance of being prepared, being rested and being sharp. We have to do a better job.”
Shamorie Ponds, now the highest scoring freshman in St. John’s history, put an exclamation point on his resume for Big East Freshman of the Year, scoring 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half to fuel the Johnnies’ late run.
“I don’t think there is a question about it,” Mullin said oh his chances at winning the honor. “That was a career-high in points and he’s played probably 20 better games than he did today.”
The Brooklyn native also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and recorded three steals in 37 minutes of action.
With 547 points on the season, Ponds passed D’Angelo Harrison’s previous freshman scoring mark of 544 achieved during the 2011-12 campaign.
Marcus LoVett also reached double figures for the Red Storm (13-18, 7-11), finishing with 12 points.
Now the Red Storm turns its attention to this week’s Big East Tournament.
“Without being redundant, I just want us to come to play with passion and energy,” Mullin said. “We’ll have two good practices and hope we have a nice energetic game on Wednesday night.”