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St. John’s Takes Down No. 4 UConn 69-64

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Photo Credit: Christopher Winslow

XL CENTER–The Connecticut Huskies found out the hard way that team they played on January 11th at the UBS Arena wasn’t the same team. They don the big SJ on their cape and they zapped the Huskies with their super power.

Kadaja Bailey and Danielle Patterson both poured in 20 points and St. John’s beat No. 4 ranked UConn 69-64 in Hartford on Tuesday night at the XL Center. This was their first loss to St. John’s since February 2012. The Johnnies also shot 50% (9 of 18) from 3-point range.

Jayla Everett added 17 points for St. John’s (20-7, 11-7 Big East), which added a huge win to its NCAA Tournament resume, beating UConn for the first time in 11 years.

UConn (24-5, 16-2 Big East) struggled on both ends of the court throughout the night, unable to get buckets or stops at the times it needed them most.

“St. John’s from the opening tip played like their life depends on every game for the rest of the season, that they need to win every single game out pretty much to make sure that they are in the NCAA Tournament,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said.

“It would have been a sin if they lost that game, to be honest with you, because they played so well and so hard and they played like they were the better team — and they were. Against a team that came out (like) we’re entitled to the Big East championship. So each team got what they deserved, 100%.”

Despite being down by as many as nine points in the second quarter, the Huskies came out on fire in the third with a 13-0 run to go up by eight. St. John’s responded with 16 of the next 21 points to re-take the lead and enter the fourth quarter with a three-point edge that it would never give up.

UConn shot a season-low 35.3% (22 of 62) from the field and 38.1% (8 of 21) from deep. It was their fifth straight game with fewer than 70 points, the first time that has happened for the program since 1992.

The Johnnies led the game for more than 28 minutes and took five point lead into the break (35-30).

UConn was outrebounded 42-37, allowing 14 offensive boards and 13 second-chance points which was the deciding factor of the game. St. John’s scored 18 points off a 12 turnovers. And the Red Storm had a 29-3 scoring advantage off the bench.

Photo Credit: Christopher Winslow

Lou Lopez Senechal scored 18 points while Dorka Juhasz and Aaliyah Edwards both chipped in 14 for UConn, which was looking to secure a share of its 29th regular-season conference title.

The Huskies are back on the road to face DePaul this Saturday. The game is set for a 2 p.m. tip-off on Fox.

St. John’s will be home on Friday, Feb.24th for a 7:00 P.M. start time.