STORRS, Conn. -- Kim Barnes Arico and her St. John's Red Storm ended two incredible UConn streaks and years of frustration with one shocking victory.
Shenneika Smith's three-pointer from the wing with 8 seconds left lifted St. John's to a 57-56 win over No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday, snapping the Huskies' 99-game home court winning streak. It was the Huskies' first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.
"It's truly unbelievable," Barnes Arico said. "There aren't many teams that can say they beat UConn in this place and now we're one of them."
"Days like today are a reminder that you're only supposed to win when you play really well and beat the other team. We didn't deserve to win," Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. "St. John's outplayed us today. They did what they wanted to do better than what we wanted to do. It was a fitting end for them."
St. John's became only the fifth team to win at Storrs since 1993, joining Tennessee, Georgia, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The Red Storm, who have won seven of their last eight games -- the lone loss coming to then-No. 2 Notre Dame -- haven't had lost the previous 27 meetings since a home victory over the Huskies in 1993.
"It's amazing for our team," said senior Da'Shena Stevens, who led the Red Storm with 15 points and eight rebounds. "We've been playing great. We made a statement tonight."
With the Red Storm (18-8, 10-3 Big East) trailing by two with 16 seconds left, Nadirah McKenith drove and kicked it out to Smith.
"When (coach) wrote the play up, I hadn't hit one all day and this was the going to be the one I hit," said Smith.
UConn (24-3, 11-2) had one final chance, but Bria Hartley's three-point attempt was short.