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Ninth-Ranked Canes Cruise to Victory Over Longwood

Ninth-Ranked Canes Cruise to Victory Over Longwood

Nov. 27, 2011

 

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)– A 20-hour trip from Alaska failed to affect No. 9 Miami.

Still shaking off jet-lag from their return home early Saturday morning, the Hurricanes wore down Longwood in a 92-43 rout Sunday afternoon.

Shenise Johnson scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and had six assists to lead the Hurricanes (5-1). Morgan Stroman finished with 20 points, shooting 8 of 10 from the field.

“We handled a very difficult travel situation, getting home at 1:30 in the morning and having practice later,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “Flying through the night, grabbing a nap wherever you could, I’m really in awe of the maturity of this team. I’m really proud of them for how they handled it.”

The Hurricanes, who defeated Alaska Anchorage and South Florida in the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 23 and 24, dealt with a return flight to Coral Gables that was plagued by delays before takeoff and subsequent flight connections.

“It was chaotic, we were on the plane for two hours figuring out when we were going to leave,” Johnson said. “I thought we did a great job of not complaining. Coach did a great job of keeping us calm. We were going to get home at some point.”

Longwood (1-5) could not capitalize.

The Hurricanes kept the Lancers scoreless for a 7:54 stretch of the first half and built a 48-22 lead with 2:01 remaining. Stroman scored six consecutive points on fast-break layups during the stretch.

“I knew once I had the ball I could beat my defender so I just ran out in front,” Stroman said.

Miami expanded a 50-28 lead at halftime with a 16-4 spurt in the first 5:08 of the second half.

Stroman’s two free throws with 8:34 remaining gave the Hurricanes their first 40-point lead at 76-35.

Miami had 20 steals and forced 28 Longwood turnovers and increased its home winning streak to 27.

“I challenged the team at halftime to get their legs underneath them a little bit on defense,” Meier said. “We had a goal that we wanted to hold Longwood under 40. To regroup at halftime and lock down on a 15-point performance I was very impressed with my team.”

Mina Jovanic scored 12 points to lead the Lancers.

“They were much better than us,” Longwood coach Bill Reinson said. “We couldn’t stop them in transition. We didn’t quit and fought down to the end. We continued to make plays. I feel we can build from this game.”

  1st 2nd F
Longwood 28 15 43
Miami 50 42 92

Team Stat Comparison
  UM LU
Points 43 92
FG Made-Attempted 35-72 17-54
FG Percentage 48.6 31.5
3P Made-Attempted 7-20 2-12
3P Percentage 35.0 16.7
FT Made-Attempted 15-19 7-10
FT Percentage 78.9 70.0
Rebounds 44 36
Assists 21 10
Turnovers 13 28

Miami Stat Leaders Longwood
Johnson 22 Points 12 Jovanovic
Johnson 6 Rebounds 6 Billups
Johnson 8 Assists 5 Neal
Johnson 7 Steals 3 Elkington
Bullock/McGuire 1 Blocks 2 Tobeck

The Hurricanes enjoyed a 17-2 run early in the first half. Krystal Saunders’ basket with 13:22 remaining capped the run and gave Miami a 25-8 lead.

Longwood rallied and outscored Miami 14-5 in the next 5:43. Brittani Billups’ layup with 8:39 remaining ended the run and got the Lancers within eight at 30-22.

GAME NOTES

20-20 Vision
Morgan Stroman and Shenise Johnson became the first Miami duo this season to each register over 20 points in a game. Stroman (20) and Johnson (26) were two of the four Hurricanes to register in double-digit points against the Lancers.

Three’s Up
The Hurricanes sank seven three pointers against the Lancers on Sunday, led by three long balls apiece from junior Stef Yderstrom (11 points) and senior Riquna Williams (14 points). Yderstrom is now tied for the team lead in three-point field goals with 11 on the season.

Sharing the Rock
Ten scorers contributed to Miami’s 92 points on Sunday, marking the second game in a row and third on the season with double-digit players registering points. At least ten players also made the scoring sheet against USF and Prairie View A&M.