Wellere finds the hot hand
Feb 14, 2017 | 12340 views | 0 0 comments | 431 431 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AKINA WELLERE (Photo: St. John's Athletics Communications)
AKINA WELLERE (Photo: St. John's Athletics Communications)
Behind strong games from Akina Wellere, Aaliyah Lewis and Jade Walker, the St. John’s women (17-9, 9-6) held off a late push by Georgetown to come away with a 65-54 win over the Hoyas Sunday afternoon.

“I thought we controlled the game for the better part of 40 minutes,” head coach Joe Tartamella said. “I thought we made big plays towards the end, which was what we’ve missed in the last few games.”

Wellere, who had struggled from long distance over the past four games, found her rhythm early and seemed unstoppable at times. The sophomore finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The Chicago native entered the game just two for her last seven from behind the arc, but that didn’t stop her from letting it fly on Sunday as she connected on four of her six tries from deep.

“It was fun to watch her shoot it,” said Tartamella.

Lewis added 17 points, eight assists and three steals. Those eight dimes bring Lewis’ season tally to 165, which are tied with Nadirah McKenith’s 165 during the 2012-13 campaign for the seventh-most in a single season at St. John’s.

Walker was limited to just 26 minutes of action but still managed to chip in 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. The senior also had six rebounds, one block and one steal.

The Johnnies are back on the road next week for their final two road games of the regular season, starting with Providence on Friday. The first tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Alumni Hall.
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