“It’s nice to be on the other end of this one today,” said head coach Joe Tartamella. “We had some tough ones in the beginning of the year. They really came together and I told them this is a very big first step for us, especially a home win in our conference.”
A three-pointer by Georgetown’s Katie McCormick put the Hoyas ahead by two, 65-63, with 38 seconds left in regulation. Smith answered in the paint with a layup over two Hoya defenders taking 20 seconds off the clock. The Red Storm defense picked up the pressure and held Georgetown to an off-balance shot attempt by senior Sugar Rodgers with one second left. The rebound was picked up by no one as it bounced on the court and the buzzer sounded.
In overtime, the Hoyas (13-10, 4-6 Big East) took the first lead with two made free throws from Dominique Vitalis. On the Red Storm end, junior guard Briana Brown answered with a three-ball assisted by Smith.
With 1:14 left, St. John’s (11-10, 5-4) missed two opportunities to score, but kept up the defense on the other side of the court as the Red Storm forced forward Vanessa Moore into taking an off-balance three-point shot attempt as time expired on the shot clock.
St. John’s had possession with 16 seconds left and Georgetown was forced to foul. McKenith went to the line and made the first but missed the second icing the game for the Red Storm.
Along with Smith’s 26 points, Nadirah McKenith, Brown and Aliyyah Handford also added double-figure scoring. McKenith had a near triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. It was her second double-double of the season.
The Red Storm’s 76 points were a season-high, as well as the 20-for-22 shooting from the free throw line. It was the fifth time a St. John’s-Georgetown game went to overtime. St. John’s is 4-1 when playing the Hoyas in extra minutes.
Next up, St. John’s will travel to USF. The game was originally schedule for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, however, it was been postponed to Wednesday at 4 p.m. due to the winter storm.