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Sykes shot named top play on ESPN’s SportsCenter

By now, you’ve probably seen the three-point buzzer beater shot by freshman Brittany Sykes to beat St. John’s 60-57. If you haven’t, it’s certainly worth watching. <b>NewsChannel 9 caught up with Sykes on Thursday. See our full interview inside this story.</b>
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The SU women return to action against Villanova on Saturday and they’ll do so with an added spring in their step.

By now, you’ve probably seen the three-point buzzer beater shot by freshman Brittany Sykes to beat St. John’s 60-57. If you haven’t, it’s certainly worth watching (see it in the video below).

NewsChannel 9 caught up with Sykes on Thursday. She said she was up until about 3 a.m. responding to texts and phone calls, and of course, she had to wait to see whether or not her shot made SportsCenter’s Top 10.

“I got nervous because I was like okay, there goes number five, number four, three and I said okay, maybe I didn’t make it. And then they said Syracuse and I turned my head and immediately I called my mom. I was like, mom, I made number one. It was amazing. I called my dad, I called everybody in my phone book…it was crazy,” Sykes told NewsChannel 9.

See our entire interview with Brittany Sykes by CLICKING HERE.



Brittney Sykes' Buzzer Beater At St. John's --





#20 Brittney Sykes ((Syracuse University Athletic Communications))
#20 Brittney Sykes ((Syracuse University Athletic Communications))
Previous Story: SU women win on half-court shot; see the video
January 23, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - Freshman Brittney Sykes stole the ball and hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to give Syracuse a 60-57 win over St. John's on Wednesday.

With the scored tied and St. John's inbounding on its offensive end of the court, Sykes stole the inbounds pass from her former high school teammate, Nadirah McKenith, and banked in a shot from 50 feet just ahead of the buzzer.

An offensive rebound by the Red Storm (9-8, 3-2 Big East) had given them the chance to hold for the final shot, but after a timeout, a pass was deflected out of bounds with 2.8 seconds left, setting up the improbable final play.

Sykes led the Orange (16-2, 4-1) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Kayla Alexander and Shakeya Leary added 14 points each and Rachel Coffey had five assists. Alexander sits at 1,785 points in her career, two behind Nicole Michael's program record.

The Red Storm's Shenneika Smith led all scorers with 21 points and Aliyyah Handford added 15.

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