ST. PETERSBURG — According to St. Petersburg point guard Kamyia Smith, the Green Devils have yet to peak this season.
Palm Harbor University may beg to differ.
Behind Smith, who scored a team-high 17, and two other players who reached double figures, St. Petersburg defeated the Hurricanes 73-53 Tuesday night at home. Throughout the game, the Green Devils (9-3) were strong near the basket and deadly from the perimeter, putting together a solid inside-out offensive attack that PHU (8-4) had no answer for.
"When as a team we do that inside-out thing well, I think it's going to be difficult to defeat us," Green Devils coach Tamika Coley said.
It certainly was on this night.
In addition to Smith's contribution, St. Petersburg got 16 points from forward Kamika Idom and 15 from center Andrea Johnson.
"That's the first time all three have scored in double digits in the same game," Coley said. "I think that's the key for us."
PHU was led by guard Sharee Booze, who finished with 27.
The Hurricanes led 4-0 in the opening minutes but after that it was all St. Petersburg, which closed the first quarter on a 19-4 run. In the second, PHU stayed closed for a while, and trailed just 19-15 after a 3-pointer from Booze, but the Green Devils got hot on offense and Smith buried one of her four 3-pointers just before the half to make it 42-27.
In the second half, it was more of the same.
"Tonight, we bonded real well for the first time," Smith said.