Women's Basketball Falls to St. John's, 67-61
Feb. 20, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Senior forward Sarina Simmons became the 22nd player in Marquette University women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, as the Golden Eagles fell to St. John's, 67-61, Wednesday evening at the Al McGuire Center.
With the loss, Marquette falls to 12-14 overall and 4-9 in the BIG EAST. St. John's moves to 14-10 overall and 8-4 in conference play.
The Golden Eagles featured three players in double figures, including Simmons who finished with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting, and were led in scoring by senior Arlesia Morse, who finished with 18 points, 13 of which came in the second half.
The Red Storm was led by 24 points from senior guard Shenneika Smith, who also added nine rebounds, four assists and four steals in the victory. St. John's also received double figures from both Nadirah McKenith and Amber Thompson, who finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Marquette closed the first half on a 10-4 run, to narrow its deficit to two, 28-26, at the half. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over 13 times leading to a 14-2 St John's advantage fast-break points after 20 minutes of play.
In the second half, Marquette was able to take better care of the ball, but Smith and McKenith paced the Red Storm to a blistering 59 percent (13-of-22) from the floor in the second stanza.
A layup by Morse gave the Golden Eagles their final lead of the contest, 42-41, with 10:50 remaining in the second half before St. John's took control. The Red Storm lead ballooned to as many as 10 points late in the game as Marquette was unable to swing the tide down the stretch.
St. John's Aliyyah Handford, the reigning BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week, dealt with foul trouble for much of the game and was held to just four points.
Marquette will head to Providence (Feb. 26) and Georgetown (March 2), before concluding the regular season at home against Cincinnati on Monday, March 4.