STORRS, Conn. — Kim Barnes Arico and her St. John’s Red Storm ended two incredible UConn streaks and years of frustration with one shocking victory.
Shenneika Smith’s 3-pointer from the wing with 8 seconds left lifted St. John’s to a 57-56 win over No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday night, snapping the Huskies’ 99-game home court winning streak. It was the Huskies’ first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.
“It’s truly unbelievable,” Barnes Arico said. “There aren’t many teams that can say they beat UConn in this place and now we’re one of them.”
St. John’s became only the fifth team to win at Storrs since 1993, joining Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Red Storm, who have won seven of their past eight games – the lone loss coming to then-No. 2 Notre Dame – haven’t had much success anywhere against the Huskies. They lost the previous 27 meetings since a home victory over the Huskies in 1993.
Trailing by two with 16 seconds left, Nadirah McKenith drove the lane and kicked it out to Smith, who hit the 3 to give the Red Storm (18-8, 10-3 Big East) the lead.
UConn (24-3, 11-2) had one final chance, but Bria Hartley’s 3-point attempt from the corner was short.
The Huskies last lost at home on March 6, 2007, falling to Rutgers in the Big East championship game. The NCAA counts the Huskies’ postseason games in Hartford and Storrs as home games.
NO. 1 BAYLOR 56, TEXAS TECH 51
In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner had 18 points, 14 rebounds and matched a career high with five assists as Baylor (27-0, 14-0) overcame one of its worst extended stretches of bad play all season to beat Texas Tech (17-9, 5-9 to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title.
NO. 3 STANFORD 81, OREGON 46
In Eugene, Ore., Joslyn Tinkle scored 19 points, All-American Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Stanford (24-1, 15-0) routed Oregon (14-13, 6-9) to clinch the inaugural Pac-12 title.
The Cardinal have won 12 consecutive conference titles and 21 since Tara VanDerveer became the coach in 1985.