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Hurricanes win Miami Holiday Tournament Over VCU

Hurricanes win Miami Holiday Tournament Over VCU

Dec. 29, 2011

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)Morgan Stroman scored 23 points to lead No. 12 Miami to a 91-61 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the championship game of the Miami Holiday Classic on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes (11-2) used their pressure defense to go on a 22-3 run during a 5:31 span in the first half. Miami scored 16 unanswered points in the spurt, capped by Stefanie Yderstrom’s jumper that gave the Hurricanes a 40-16 lead with 4:59 remaining.

Miami had 14 steals and scored 16 points off Virginia Commonwealth turnovers in the first half and led 49-30 at halftime.

Yderstrom finished with 20 points and Shenise Johnson had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who won their 32nd consecutive home game.

Courtney Hurt had 25 points and 16 rebounds for the Rams (8-4).

POST-GAME NOTES

Engine Start
Head Coach Katie Meier has now started Riquna WilliamsStefanie YderstromMorgan StromanSylvia Bullock and Shenise Johnson for the 46th consecutive game.

Three’s a Crowd
The Hurricanes have now hit a three-point basket in 338 consecutive games dating back to the 2000-01 season.

The Nation’s Best
With 12 points tonight, Shenise Johnson has now scored double-digits in 84-straight games, which stands as the longest active double-digit scoring streak in the country.

When It Rains It Pours
Tonight was the second time this season the Lady Canes had five shooters with double-digit performances. (Morgan Stroman 23, Stefanie Yderstrom 20, Shenise Johnson 12, Riquna Williams 12, and Suriya McGuire with a career high 10 points.)

Grand Larceny
Miami had 14 steals and 16 points off turnovers in just the first half. The Hurricanes ended with 23 steals and 32 points off turnovers. Shenise Johnson led the Canes with 6 thefts.

Protect This House
With tonight’s 91-61 victory over VCU, Miami has extended their winning streak inside the BankUnited Center to 32 games – the third longest current streak in the nation.

Holiday Tournament Awards
Morgan Stroman and Stephanie Yderstrom made the All-Tournament Team.
Most Outstanding Performer Award was handed out to Shenise Johnson.

Star In Sight
Miami football alum and current Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson was in the building tonight.

  1st 2nd F
VCU 30 31 61
Miami 49 42 91

Team Stat Comparison
  VCU UM
Points 61 91
FG Made-Attempted 22-63 37-72
FG Percentage 34.9 51.4
3P Made-Attempted 5-14 4-11
3P Percentage 35.7 36.4
FT Made-Attempted 12-16 13-20
FT Percentage 75.0 65.0
Rebounds 41 42
Assists 11 21
Turnovers 19 30

VCU Stat Leaders Miami
Hurt 25 Points 23 Stroman
Hurt 16 Rebounds 13 Johnson
Carter 4 Assists 6 Johnson
Barbour 4 Steals 6 Johnson
Barbour 1 Blocks 3 McGuire