“It was a really big win, especially after being on the road against a quality opponent,” said head coach Joe Tartamella. “I thought we controlled the game and did a good job of executing the game plan and being able to score the ball.”
Walker went off for a career-best 32 points on 15-of-22 shooting from the floor, becoming the first St. John’s player to amass 30 or more points since Aliyyah Handford poured in 33 points at Kansas last season.
Walker also brought down a season-high nine boards and added one assist and one block.
Lewis continued her breakout season, scoring 21 points, one shy of her career-high. The senior from Staten Island also dished out 10 assists, her second 10-plus assist game of the season.
Playing the full 40 minutes for the fourth time this season, Lewis committed just one turnover.
Walker and Lewis became the first pair of St. John’s players to both score 20 or more points in a game since Handford scored 23 points and Danaejah Grant added 22 in the semifinals of last year’s Big East Tournament.
Freshman Alisha Kebbe chipped in 10 points and four rebounds. The Philadelphia native was 4-for-10 from the floor overall and hit two of her five attempts from behind the arc.
The Big East’s leading defense held Marquette to just 29.7 percent shooting from the field and tied a season-high with 10 blocks. Junior Imani Littleton imposed her will down low, sending back a career-best six shots herself.
St. John’s was scheduled back in action on Tuesday against DePaul at Carnesecca Arena at 7 p.m.