WBB Battles Back But Falls at Virginia
112-6 • 4-3 ACC
13-5 • 4-3 ACC
January 20, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — TheUniversity of Miami women’s basketball team, riddled with the flu, nearlypulled off the improbable Sunday against Virginia at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Trailingby as many as 15 points, the Hurricanes cut the Cavaliers lead to just five ona Krystal Saunders’ layup with just under six minutes to play. However, thehome team would outpace the Canes, en route to a 62-52 Virginia (12-6, 4-3 ACC)win.
The lossdropped the Canes to 13-5 on the season and 4-3 in conference play. The Cavsavenged a loss earlier in the month to Miami at the BankUnited Center.
ShawniceWilson was the only player to reach double-figures for UM, scoring 12 to gowith her seven rebounds. But, stepping up in the second half was freshmanKeyona Hayes. The Marietta, Ga., native scored eight points and grabbed fiverebounds. Something that she will need to continue to help bolster a team thathas seen several of its players and staff miss time due to the influenza virus.
SeniorStefanie Yderstrom continued her hot shooting from outside, hitting all threeof Miami’s three-pointers for nine points. She now has hit 22 treys in Miami’sseven conference contests.
MorganStroman had seven points and a team-leading eight rebounds for the Canes.
AtairaFranklin led Virginia with 17 points, while Telia McCall added 13 and ChinaCrosby and Kelsey Wolfe each added 12.
TheCavaliers went into the half with a 36-25 advantage, a lead built by two separateruns, one of 10-0 and later one of 9-0.
Despite10 points and five first half rebounds from Wilson, Miami trailed bydouble-digits as Franklin and McCall each had 10 points for the Cavs.
Miami’snext contest will be on the road as well, at Wake Forest on Thursday.