Tartamella picks up 100th win as Storm head coach
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Joe Tartamella is the fifth in St. John’s history to reach 100 wins. (Photo: STJ Athletics)
Joe Tartamella is the fifth in St. John’s history to reach 100 wins. (Photo: STJ Athletics)
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Leading 50-48 with under three minutes to go in the fourth, the St. John’s women’s basketball team used a 10-0 run to top Providence, 60-50, at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday afternoon, snapping a two-game skid.

With the win, Joe Tartamella became the fifth head coach in program history to win 100 games.

“I was proud of our effort today,” Tartamella said. “Coming in with some unknowns, having an injury to a player and a limited bench, I thought we did a great job of being able to finish this game where we’ve struggled in the past few games to score the ball.”

Akina Wellere matched a career-high with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The sophomore from Chicago knocked down two of her three tries from behind the arc and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Aaliyah Lewis added 10 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals. The senior guard committed just two turnovers in 40 minutes of play.

Jade Walker chipped in 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting while grabbing five rebounds. Imani Littleton led the way down low, tying a career-best with 13 boards.

The junior also sent back four shots and amassed seven points, hitting three of her five attempts from the field.

As a team, St. John’s (13-7, 5-4) converted on 24 of its 53 tries from the field (45.3 percent) while limiting Providence (9-11, 1-8) to 39.6 percent from the floor.  

St. John’s returns to the hardwood on Friday at 7 p.m. when Butler visits Carnesecca Arena.

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