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St. John's women play well, but falls to No.1 UConn

St. John's senior forward Joy McCorvey

Even in a loss something positive can be redeemed.

The 25th-ranked St. John's women's team fell to No.1 Connecticut, 66-52, in front of a packed house at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday night. It was Connecticut's 64th straight win and its 19th in a row against ranked opponents.

But St. John's (20-5, 8-4 Big East) can hold its head high. The Red Storm limited the Huskies (25-0, 12-0) to their lowest point total of the season. Connecticut's All-American junior Maya Moore scored just 12 points on 4-for-13 shooting. It was Moore's lowest point total of the season.

Senior center Tina Charles led the Huskies with 25 points and a career-high 21 rebounds.

Charles, who starred at Christ the King high school in Queens, had her name added to the Huskies of Honor list in a pregame ceremony. Charles (17.6 ppg, 8.8 reb, 1.7 blks) became the 15th women's player to have her name added to the list.

The only team to play Connecticut closer than St. John's was Stanford, which fell 80-68.

Connecticut shot just 39.1 percent from the field.

"We did a decent job," said St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico. "We forced 19 turnovers, which is pretty impressive."

Nadirah McKenith led the Red Storm with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

"There were a lot of positive things," Barnes Arico said. "But we were outrebounded by 20. That was the game."

Next up for the Red Storm is a home game against Notre Dame.

Photo credit: AP

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