The Red Storm improves to 18-5 and 11-1 in league play while the Friars drop to 6-17 and 1-11 in the ig East.
St. John’s set season highs in bench points with 47, total rebounds with 59 and offensive rebounds with 23, finishing plus-22 on the glass while scoring 58 points in the paint and holding a 22-5 edge in second chance points. Grant tallied 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with a career-high 10 rebounds, while freshman Jade Walker netted a career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and senior Eugeneia McPherson dished out a career-high 11 assists.
Senior Keylantra Langley added 13 points, sophomore Aliyyah Handford scored 12 points and senior Briana Brown had 10 points and seven rebounds, marking the first time the Red Storm had five players finish in double figures since the team’s 96-86 victory at DePaul on Jan. 11.
“We were able to finish off a conference game at home which is always important and I was very happy with our effort in a number of different areas,” said Red Storm head coach Joe Tartamella.
St. John’s attempted a season-high 80 shots on Saturday, making 35 of them to finish with a 43.8 conversion rate. The Red Storm tallied 21 assists to 12 turnovers while holding Providence to 38.5 percent (25-of-65) shooting and 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc.
St. John’s will take a week off before welcoming Villanova to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15, for a 12 p.m. tip on CBS Sports Network.