Feb. 14, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - Trailing by 10 with less than four minutes to go, the St. John's women's basketball team rallied to come within one, but Syracuse held on for the 79-78 win on Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena.
Five players scored in double figures for the Red Storm. Kelly McManmon led the way with 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half. The senior was 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range, tying her career-high in treys. She also tied Da'Shena Stevens for the lead with five rebounds.
Sky Lindsay and Centhya Hart scored 12 points each. Lindsay was 5-of-15 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Hart tied her career high in points, going 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Kristin Moore and Joy McCorvey rounded out the double-figure scorers, each turning in 10-point performances. McCorvey was 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Moore posted a season high in points off a 5-of-9 effort from the field.
Freshman Britney Murphy just fell short of her first-career double-digit scoring performance with nine points, with all of her baskets coming from long range.
St. John's (15-9, 3-8 BIG EAST) took the early lead in the opening half, jumping ahead by six, 17-11, at 12:34 when Hart converted a three-point play. Syracuse (15-9, 4-7 BIG EAST) went on a 9-0 run to take a 19-17 advantage, but the Red Storm responded by scoring seven unanswered points to regain the lead, 24-19. After the Orange tied the score at 24, STJ went on a 6-1 run to jump in front, 30-25. The teams traded baskets and the Red Storm went into the break ahead 43-39 thanks to Murphy's buzzer beater well beyond 3-point range.
The score was tied three times to start the second half. At 15:51, SU broke the tie by scoring five-straight points, 52-47. A back-and-forth affair followed until the Orange took its largest lead of the half, 72-62, when Nicole Michael hit a jumper at 4:11. St. John's responded by going on a 9-2 run to come within three with 1:10 remaining in regulation.
The teams traded baskets and Syracuse went ahead by four, 79-75, with 30 seconds left. St. John's got the ball, but couldn't convert, so the Red Storm was forced to foul at the 10-second mark. Marisa Gobuty missed both free throw shots and STJ got the rebound. Murphy drained her third trey of the contest to bring St. John's within one with three seconds left, but the Orange inbounded the ball to half court and time ran out.
St. John's will leave the friendly confines of Queens for a two-game road swing when it travels to face No. 10/12 Louisville on Feb. 17 and Marquette on Feb. 21.