Women's Basketball Beats Florida, 80-75
Dec. 12, 2003
CORAL GABLES, Fla.-Senior Chanivia Broussard (Miami, Fla.) scored 22 points to lead the Miami women’s basketball team to an 80-75 victory over in-state rival Florida Friday night in the Convocation Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes remain undefeated improving to 7-0 on the season. Florida falls to 5-2 overall.
Miami snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Gators beating UF for the first time since the 1991-92 season. The Hurricanes also snapped UF’s 45-game win streak versus instate opponents. Prior to Friday’s setback, the Gators had not lost to an instate opponent since February 16, 1993, when Florida Atlantic defeated UF 84-63.Broussard also pulled down eight rebounds, picked up three steals and dished out three assists in the win.
Senior Shaquana Wilkins (Plymouth, Fla.) recorded a game-high nine rebounds.
After trading baskets over the first four minutes, Miami took the lead on a lay-up from Broussard at 16:22; the Hurricanes kept the lead the entire first half.
The Hurricanes led by as many as nine points in the first 20 minutes, taking a 38-34 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
In the second half the lead changed eight times, Miami owned the largest lead of seven points with 9:28 left in the game.
Florida’s Danielle Santos made one-of-two free throws with 2:38 left in the game to give UF a 70-69 lead, but Broussard hit one-of-two from the charity strip to tie the game before James nailed a three-pointer with 1:05 remaining to give the Hurricanes a 73-70 advantage.
UF’s Bernice Mosby hit a jumper, but McCormick knocked in her third three-pointer of the game, giving UM a 76-72 lead with 30 seconds remaining.
Mosby again answered for UF, hitting a three-pointer with 23.4 seconds left, drawing the Gators within one.
The Gators stole the ball off the in-bounds pass and immediately called a timeout. Florida had three shots all under the basket but missed all of them; McCormick came up with the rebound and was immediately fouled.
McCormick connected on both free-throws with 8.7 seconds remaining to give UM a 78-75 lead.
Florida turned the ball over bringing it up the floor and was forced to foul; James made both free throws to give UM a five-point lead, 80-75, with five seconds remaining.
The Hurricanes are back in action Tuesday hosting Dartmouth at 7 p.m.