Hurricanes Suffer 69-68 Loss at Saint Mary's
Nov. 18, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. – Senior guard Renee Taylor finished with a game-high 22 points but missed on her final shot of the night that would have given Miami the go-ahead basket with four seconds remaining as the Hurricanes suffered a 69-68 loss at Saint Mary’s Friday night.
After trailing by 11 at 62-51 with 4:21 left to play, the Hurricanes (3-1) put together a 14-6 run capped off by a rebounded putback by junior forward Calra Williams off missed shot by junior guard Maurita Reid, who finished with 13 points, to bring Miami with three of the Gaels (1-1) at 68-65 with 47 seconds remaining.
Following a made free throw by Saint Mary’s Lauren Shaughnessy on the Gaels next possession, Taylor knocked down Miami’s first and only three-pointer of the night with 19 seconds left to cut the lead to one at 69-68.
On Saint Mary’s ensuing inbound, the Hurricanes trapped Sierra Chambers on the UM side of the floor and forced a five-second violation to regain possession with just under nine seconds remaining.
Taylor pulled up for the potential go-ahead bucket from the top of the paint, but missed. Junior guard Albrey Grimsley pulled down the rebound and got off a shot over several Saint Mary’s defenders, but couldn’t convert as time expired.
The Miami defensive efforts limited Saint Mary’s to just 20.7 percent shooting on 6-of-29 shots to take a 33-21 first-half lead into the break.
The Gaels answered with the start of the second half, using a 15-3 run to tie the score at 36-36 with 15:28 left.
Miami will play their fourth game in seven days Sunday, wrapping up the third game of California road trip at San Francisco Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. (EST)