Lindsay Nails Game-Winner To Lift Red Storm Over Syracuse, 63-61|
March 6, 2009
HARTFORD, Conn. - Sky Lindsay nailed a jump shot just inside the free throw line with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to lead the St. John's women's basketball team to a 63-61 victory over Syracuse in the BIG EAST Championship first-round.
"It was a great basketball game," said coach Kim Barnes Arico. "Syracuse did a tremendous job and we really battled back and didn't quit. We were able to make some shots at the end and I am proud of our kids."
The Red Storm improves to 17-13 on the season and will face No. 5-seed Notre Dame (21-7) on Saturday at noon in the second round. The game will be televised on BIG EAST Regional Sports Networks.
Kelly McManmon led the team with a game-high 14 points, scoring nine in the final frame. The senior was 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 from long distance. Da'Shena Stevens nearly recorded a double-double with a 12-point, nine-rebound performance. The freshman was 6-of-15 from the field to tally her 21st double-digit scoring performance of the year. Lindsay finished the game with eight points on a 4-of-17 effort from the field, while recording four assists.
Syracuse (16-14) and St. John's played each other close from the start. With the score tied at nine, Joy McCorvey drained a jumper at 13:47 to key a 9-0 run and give the Red Storm a 17-9 lead. After the teams traded baskets for a while, the Orange slowly chipped into the STJ advantage and went into the break ahead 32-27.
On the Red Storm's first possession of the second half, McManmon drained a 3-pointer to bring St. John's within two, 32-30. SU responded by scoring seven unanswered points to take a 39-30 lead. A back-and-forth affair followed until the Red Storm used a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to four, 47-43.
STJ eventually tied the score and took the lead when Centhya Hart and Kristin Moore connected on back-to-back jumpers, 56-54, with 3:48 to go. STJ and SU matched baskets the next three minutes, as the lead changed hands and was tied two times each. After St. John's inbounded the ball with 10 seconds remaining, Lindsay got open, took a step and drained the basket to give the Red Storm the victory.