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St. John's denies UConn 100th straight home win

STORRS, Conn. — Shenneika Smith's 3-pointer with 8.1 seconds left lifted St. John's past No. 2 Connecticut 57-56 on Saturday.

It ended the Huskies' 99-game home winning streak dating to March 6, 2007, to Rutgers in the Big East tournament final, and was their first home loss to an unranked team since March 17, 1993, to Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a span of 261 games.

Smith had made only 3 of 22 3-pointers this season.

"When (coach) wrote the play up … (I knew) this was going to be the one I hit," she said.

On the ensuing possession, Bria Hartley missed a 3-pointer for UConn (24-3, 11-2 Big East).

"St. John's outplayed us,'' UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "A fitting end for them."

No. 1 Baylor 56, Texas Tech 51: Brittney Griner had 18 points, 14 rebounds and five assists (tying a career high) for the host Bears (27-0, 14-0). Tech lost 72-64 at home last month and is the only Big 12 team to not lose by double digits to Baylor.

No. 3 Stan. 81, Oregon 46: Joslyn Tinkle scored 19 as the visiting Cardinal (24-1, 15-0 Pac-12) clinched its 12th straight conference title.

No. 11 Green Bay 77, Youngs­town St. 72 OT: The visiting Phoenix (23-1, 13-1 Horizon) overcame a nine-point deficit with 59 seconds left then Lydia Bauer scored five of her 14 in overtime. Adrian Ritchie scored nine during the rally, including a 3-pointer, three-point play and three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer.

No. 14 Texas A&M 63, Okla. St. 49: Adaora Elonou had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the host Aggies (19-6, 10-4 Big 12).

No 15 G'town 66, Providence 39: Tia Magee had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the host Hoyas (21-6, 10-4 Big East).

No. 21 Rutgers 61, Villanova 52: April Sykes scored 20 as the visiting Knights (18-8, 7-6 Big East) ended a five-game skid.

No. 22 St. Bonaventure 66, Xavier 48: Megan Van Tatenhove scored 24 for the host Bonnies (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10).

No. 23 BYU 64, San Diego 50: The host Cougars (22-5, 11-2 West Coast) outscored the Toreros 26-9 over the last 11 minutes.

No. 24 DePaul 77, West Va. 63: The visiting Blue Demons (20-7, 8-5 Big East) made 17 of 25 second-half shots to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit.

USF gets past Pitt

TAMPA — Jasmine Wynne, back after missing three games to a concussion, scored a game-high 14 off the bench to lead USF past Pittsburgh 62-50.

"My teammates, coaches and trainers all encouraged me," said the senior, who also had eight rebounds.

Inga Orekhova made two 3-pointers during a 12-6 run that put USF (15-13, 7-7 Big East) up 43-37. Pitt (8-18, 0-13) did not get closer than six from there.

Barry 63, Eckerd 62: Yvonne Houston scored on an alley-oop with two seconds left to down the host Tritons (13-10, 6-8 Sunshine State).

St. John's denies UConn 100th straight home win 02/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 11:55pm]
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