Marquette falls 81-74 to St. John’s
NEW YORK — Tiana England scored 20 points and St. John’s rallied from a double-digit deficit to upset No. 8 Marquette 81-74 on Friday night for the Red Storm’s first victory over a top 10 team in nearly seven years.
The Red Storm (13-12, 6-8 Big East) were down 14 in the second quarter and eight at the half before pulling off the shocking win that ended a 12-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles (21-4, 12-1).
The score was tied at 56 heading into the fourth quarter and St. John’s was down 67-66 midway through the quarter when Jasmine Sina’s 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Red Storm bench started a 9-1 run. After a defensive stop, England scored on a fast-break layup to extend the Red Storm’s advantage to four. That was the team’s biggest lead of the game to that point.
The Red Storm kept the run going as the Golden Eagles had no answer on the offensive end. England’s layup with 2:17 left made it 75-68. Marquette could get no closer than five the rest of the way.
Erika Davenport had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Marquette while Amani Wilborn added a season-high 22 points to lead Marquette.
Davenport got the Golden Eagles started, scoring 12 points in the opening period when Marquette jumped out to a 24-14 lead. The lead grew to 14 in the second quarter before the Red Storm pulled within six behind Qadashah Hoppie. A nifty full-court pass from Davenport to Selena Lott on the run gave Marquette a 40-32 lead at the half.
Alisha Kebbe scored seven of her 16 points in the third quarter as St. John’s took its first lead of the game at 56-54 late in the period.
TIP-INS: St. John’s last win over a top-10 team was at then-No. 2 UConn on Feb. 18, 2012, to end the Huskies’ 99-game home winning streak. … In a touching tribute before the game, St. John’s honored a dozen cancer survives by giving them pink Red Storm t-shirts. Friday night’s contest was the school’s annual Play4Kay game. … Marquette was two victories short of the school-record 14-game winning streak set in the 2006-07 season. … St. John’s has had Marquette’s number this year in basketball with both the men’s and women’s teams upsetting the ranked Golden Eagles. The men swept the two games from the Golden Eagles while the women split the two contests.
1K MARK: Davenport is one of four players in Marquette school history to have 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. She reached the milestone against Georgetown a week ago and joined Abbie Willenborg, Julie Sievers and Christine Kennedy.
Marquette: At Seton Hall on Sunday.
St. John’s: Hosts DePaul at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.