St. John's women end UConn's home win streak at 99

By DOUG FEINBERG | February 18, 2012 | 9:15 PM EST

Connecticut's Caroline Doty, left, guards St. John's Eugeneia McPherson in the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball game at Storrs, Conn., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Shenneika Smith's 3-pointer from the wing with 8 seconds left lifted St. John's to a 57-56 win over No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday night, snapping the Huskies' 99-game home court winning streak.

It was also the Huskies' first home loss to an unranked opponent in nearly 19 years.

Trailing by two with 16 seconds left, Nadirah McKenith drove the lane and kicked it out to Smith, who hit the 3 to give the Red Storm (18-8, 10-3 Big East) the lead.

UConn (24-3, 11-2) had one final chance, but Bria Hartley's 3-point attempt from the corner was short, setting off a wild celebration at midcourt by the Red Storm.

McKenith and Da'Shena Stevens had 15 points each for St. John's.

Kaleena Mosqueeda-Lewis scored 12 points to lead UConn.

The Huskies last lost at home on March 6, 2007, falling to Rutgers in the Big East championship game. The NCAA counts the Huskies' postseason games in Hartford and Storrs as home games.