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).
Head Coach Katie Meier has now started Riquna Williams, Stefanie Yderstrom, Morgan Stroman, Sylvia 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.)
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.