Women's Basketball Holds Off No. 24 Virginia Tech, 55-53

Feb 20, 2002

Box Score

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)Chanivia Broussard scored 17 of her 22 points inthe second half to lead Miami to a 55-53 victory over No. 24 Virginia Tech onWednesday night.

Broussard fouled out with 15 seconds remaining and the Hurricanes (16-9, 9-5in the Big East) leading 55-51.

Chrystal Starling hit both free throws to make it 55-53. After Miami guardSheila James missed a foul shot, the Hokies (17-8, 8-6) had a chance to tie it.But Starling missed a jumper, and Ieva Kublina couldn’t put in the rebound.

Virginia Tech lost for the sixth time in eight games, despite a dominantperformance by Kublina. She set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds forher eighth double-double of the season.

The Hurricanes broke a tie with the Hokies for fifth place in the Big East.It was Miami’s second win over a ranked opponent, the first coming on Dec. 9against then-No. 17 Texas.

Broussard scored six points in a three-minute span to give Miami afour-point lead with 25 seconds left. That was the Hurricanes’ largestadvantage of the second half, which featured six lead changes and six ties.

Miami took its first lead of the half on Meghan Saake’s layup with 10:24 togo, and the game went back and forth before Broussard took over.

The Hurricanes shot 50 percent from the field in the second half after a22-percent performance in the first half.

Kathryn Fowler scored eight of her 12 points in the second half for Miami.