Stroman's Emergence Inside Leads `Canes to Comfortable Win
Nov. 26, 2010
By Rob Dunning
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Before the season started, University of Miami head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier would tell anyone that listened about how much Morgan Stroman improved her game in the offseason. Through the season’s first five games, it is safe to say Meier knew what she was talking about.
Stroman tied a career-high with 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in leading the `Canes to an 89-48 win over FAU Friday night at the 2010 UM Thanksgiving Tournament at the BankUnited Center.
The performance was yet another in what has become a consistent trend in Stroman’s second season in Coral Gables. Through five games, she is averaging 15.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.2 assists, a vast improvement over her 2009-10 averages (7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 assists).
“I think we are a completely different team than we were last year because of Stroman’s improvement,” Meier said. “You have got to notice what happens with our players from their freshman years to their sophomore years. We spend a ton of time in the gym and in individual workouts and the kids take it seriously and really get a lot better in this program.”
“Her jumper has opened up her game a little bit with her jump shot and her full court handle is as good as anyone’s on the team,” Meier said. “If she gets a rebound, she can bust out down the court and if that frees up our wings and our shooters, we are going to be very special.”
Friday night she connected on 9-of-12 attempts from the field, getting to the hoop consistently against an FAU team that had no answer for her on the inside.
“She’s a pressure reliever on the inside,” Johnson said. “You can’t just load up on us on the outside because we have an inside threat now. It definitely relieves the pressure off of us.”
Stroman wasn’t the only one that played well inside Friday night. Freshmen Maria Brown (7 points, 4 rebounds) and Selina Archer (5 points, 5 rebounds) also had strong games down low as Miami out-scored (58-to-18) and out-rebounded (59-to-35) FAU in the paint.
“It has been awhile since Miami had 58 points in the paint, trust me,” Meier said. “I am really pleased with that development.”
Johnson and Riquna Williams joined Stroman in double-figure scoring as Johnson turned in 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Williams finished with 13 points, three assists and three steals.
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