WATCH HIGHLIGHTS – Georgetown at St. John’s
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS – West Virginia at Louisville
There were two BIG EAST games on Sunday, both a part of ESPN’s February Frenzy coverage which treats viewers to a multitude of games over the course of the afternoon. Both games highlighted the WBCA’s efforts to raise breast cancer awareness with its Think Pink campaign.
In Queens, N.Y., St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico has been looking for a win over a ranked team all season to boost the Red Storm’s NCAA hopes.
She finally got one against Georgetown.
Sophomore Amanda Burakoski scored 15 points as St. John’s held on to beat No. 16/17 Georgetown 75-71 in overtime on Sunday, snapping Georgetown’s six-game winning streak.
“I think we talked about Rutgers being a signature win for us and this really helps our resume to get into the (NCAA) tournament tremendously,” Barnes Arico said. “We can’t look past any opponent especially when you have to go on the road.”
The win was the first for the Red Storm in five chances against a Top 25 team.
With the game tied at 68 and 1:37 left in the extra period, junior Da’Shena Stevens hit one of two free throws for St. John’s. Sophomore Shenneika Smith added a lay-in to make it 71-68 with 58 seconds left.
Georgetown sophomore Rubylee Wright’s 3-point attempt was blocked and sophomore Nadirah McKenith added two free throws to give St. John’s (17-7, 6-5 BIG EAST) a five-point lead (73-68) with 29 seconds left.
Sophomore Sugar Rodgers was fouled shooting a 3-pointer on the other end and she hit all three free throws to get Georgetown (20-6, 8-4 BIG EAST) within 73-71 with 20 seconds left. McKenith was fouled and hit one of two free throws 3 seconds later.
Senior Monica McNutt missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 4 seconds left, ending Georgetown’s hope of a comeback.
“It’s important to build our confidence,” said Stevens, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. “This got us back on the winning side. We wanted to come out with a lot of energy tonight because Georgetown is a great team.”
McKenith had 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Rodgers finished with 23 points and junior Tia Magee added 16 for the Hoyas.
An exciting finish at the end of regulation set up the overtime session. Trailing 59-54 with 3:06 left in the second half, Georgetown scored the next seven points to take its first lead on Magee’s free throw with 1:37 left. Rodgers’ 3-pointer had tied the game at 59 with 2:12 left.
After Magee hit one of two free throws, Rodgers added a layup to make it 62-59 Georgetown. Burakoski tied it at 62 with 39.8 seconds left, when she hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game.
Magee missed a turnaround jumper on the next possession for Georgetown, giving the ball to St. John’s with 22.8 seconds left. McKenith worked the clock down before driving down the lane. Her layup rolled off the rim and Stevens’ follow also harmlessly fell off the basket, sending the game to overtime.
“We made mistakes tonight and we missed layups,” Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “We didn’t make the offensive plays. We were a step slow and our transition defense wasn’t very good.”
Junior Adria Crawford finally ended the drought with a putback with 3:53 left that made it 57-52.
The Red Storm were wearing pink uniforms, socks and shoes in honor of the team’s annual Pink Zone game—which raises awareness for breast cancer. The Hoyas had the same snazzy pink shoes and socks on.
In Louisville, Ky., freshman Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points and sophomore Tia Gibbs added 11 to help Louisville beat No. 17/19 West Virginia 57-47, to send the Mountaineers to their third straight loss.
The Cardinals (16-9, 7-4 BIG EAST) held West Virginia (20-6, 6-6 BIG EAST) to 26 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers to post their fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.
Louisville broke it open early in the second half, going on a 12-2 run fueled by Schimmel. The freshman hit a pair of 3-pointers during the burst and added a nifty jumper from the baseline as Louisville built a 37-27 lead.
The Mountaineers got no closer than three points the rest of the way.
Senior Madina Ali led West Virginia with 12 points, but the Mountaineers continued to struggle offensively. Their 47 points were the fewest they’ve scored this season and marked the sixth straight game they failed to score more than 60 points.
There is one league team in action on Monday as No. 2/2 Connecticut host No. 14/12 Oklahoma. The 7 p.m. ET game will be televised on ESPN2 as part of the network’s Big Monday telecast. UConn is 8-0 all-time against the Sooners, including a 76-60 win last season.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.