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Hurricanes Fall 77-65 to Virginia

Hurricanes Fall 77-65 to Virginia

Jan. 22, 2006

Final Stats

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Despite hitting 52.2 percent from the field in the second half and a 21-point outing by junior guard Renee Taylor, Miami could not overtake ACC foe Virginia Sunday afternoon, falling 77-65 at the BankUnited Center.

After trailing the Cavaliers by one at the half, the Hurricanes (13-5, 3-2 ACC) were outscored 47-36 in the second half and 17-11 in the last five minutes of the game to suffer their second ACC loss of the season.

Taylor hit a school record tying 10-of-10 free throw attempts while adding six assists and two steals in the loss.

Down by two at 33-31 just over a minute into the second half, the Hurricanes put together an 11-4 run, highlighted by seven points by senior forward Tamara James to take a five-point 42-37 lead with 15:45 left to play.

James would finish with 15 points marking her 100th career game with 10 or more points.

Over the next five-and-a-half minutes Virginia answered with a 15-2 run, which included two three’s by Brenna McGuire as part of her career-high 22 points, to go up by eight at 52-44.

Miami cut the UVa lead to four with 7:19 remaining, but could not overtake the Cavaliers, eventually falling 77-65.

The Hurricanes trailed 30-29 at the half after shooting just 32.1 percent from the field.

James, who also was perfect on all five attempts from the free throw line, recorded a team-high nine rebounds for UM.

McGuire was one of three Virginia players to record double figures, joining Tiffany Sardin (14) and Siedah Williams (20).

The Hurricanes will return to action Thursday, traveling to Raleigh, N.C. to face ACC foe NC State at 7 p.m.