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Hurricanes Cruise Past Siena, 76-47

Hurricanes Cruise Past Siena, 76-47

Dec. 3, 2005

Box Score

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Led by senior forward Tamara James’ 22 points, the University of Miami women’s basketball team rolled past Siena, 76-47, Saturday evening at the BankUnited Center.

Playing in their fifth game in nine days, the Hurricanes (5-1) shot 50.9 percent from the field, hitting 28-of-55 shots, while holding the Saints (1-4) to just 28 percent – a UM opponent season low.

The Miami defensive efforts pressured Siena all game, forcing 28 Saint turnovers while recording a season-high six blocked shots.

Just over four minutes into the game, Miami jumped out to an early 10-point lead, forcing Siena into turnovers in each of their first six possessions.

The Hurricane lead would widen to as much as 15 before heading into the break up by 10 at 25-15.

Hitting 18-of-28 (64.3 percent) in the second half, Miami converted 16 Siena second-half turnovers into 18 points to go on to win, 76-47.

James hit 9-of-12 from the field and for the third-straight game, was perfect from the free throw line as she connected on all four attempts. The National Player of the Year candidate also led all players with four steals.

Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Albrey Grimsley came off the bench to score 11 points and record four assists. Freshman center Brittany Denson also came in to bring down six rebounds with two blocks.

The Saints’ Whitney Cave led Siena with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Miami returns to action Tuesday, facing cross-town rival Florida International at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.