Women's Basketball Wins BIG EAST Opener Over WVU, 69-53
Dec. 4, 2001
CORAL GABLES, Fla.-The Miami women’s basketball team used a second-half surge to win its BIG EAST conference opener against West Virginia, 69-53, Tuesday night in the Knight Sports Complex.
The Hurricanes improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Mountaineers fall to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Miami has beaten WVU eight straight times and is a perfect 7-0 at home against the Mountaineers, UM leads the all-time series 11-1.
Saake also dished out six assists and pulled down nine rebounds.
Freshman Yalonda McCormick (Miami, Fla.) scored a career-high 12 points in 16 minutes of action.
WVU opened the game on a 5-0 run and kept the lead until Saake hit a three-pointer with 10:50 on the clock to put Miami on top by two.
In the remainder of the first half the game was tied three times with the lead changing several times.
Miami took a one-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 32-31, despite shooting 33% percent from the field. The Mountaineers shot 45% from the field in the first half.
Miami came out on fire the second half, shooting a season-high 64% from the field.
The Hurricanes pieced together a series of runs, including a 10-0 run over the last five minutes to seal the double-digit win over WVU.
The Hurricanes forced 25 turnovers, picking up a season-high of 18 steals and nine blocked shots. Kathryn Fowler (New York, N.Y.) led UM with five steals.
The Hurricanes are back in action Sunday taking on No. 17 Texas in the Fab Four Orange Bowl Classic at American Airlines Arena.