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Motley Tops 1K as @CanesWBB Defeats La Salle

Motley Tops 1K as @CanesWBB Defeats La Salle

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Box Score Highlights
Season Stats Full Broadcast
Press Conference  
Team 1 2 3 4 F
LA SALLE 15 10 13 20 58
MIAMI 16 30 24 16 86
FGs 25-58 33-64
3FGs 6-16 7-12
Free Throws 2-4 13-20
Rebounds 29 41
Blocks 7 4
Steals 8 18
Assists 15 19
Turnovers 26 19
Owens 23   Alston / Owens 5
Woods 17   Woods / Motley 7
Alston 9   Bullock / Freeland 2
Motley 5   Davenport 2
  3FG     STEALS  
Owens 3-8   Owens 4
Woods 3-4   Davenport / Hof 4
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Adrienne Motley surpassed 1,000 career points Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center to help the University of Miami women’s basketball team down La Salle, 86-58, in the Miami Thanksgiving Classic finale.

The junior guard from Newport News, Va. became the 24th player in Miami (7-0) program history to reach quadruple digits and 13th to do so in fewer than four seasons.

“I think people are missing the fact that this year she is really giving a very balanced stat sheet . . . We’ll talk about her thousandth point, but she was a scorer her freshman and sophomore year,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said of Motley. “She is a big-time basketball player now. She has a thousand points but I want to talk about some other categories too because she is really deserving of being discussed [as more than just as pull-up jump shooter], and I’m really proud of her for it.”

Motley reached the 1,000-point milestone just 4:37 into the game on a tough bucket in the paint, drawing a standing ovation from the crowd at the BUC. Her 3-pointer just over two minutes later gave the Hurricanes a 12-10 lead. A back and forth first period would end with a 16-15 advantage for the Hurricanes.

Miami opened the second period on a 10-0 run to take their first double-digit lead, 26-15, with 7:15 to go before the break. Redshirt junior forward Keyona Hayes and freshman forward/center Emese Hof combined to log eight of the Hurricanes’ points during the stretch, with each recording four.

A 3-pointer by junior guard Jessica Thomas to beat the halftime buzzer put Miami in front 46-25 heading to the locker room.

The Hurricanes set a season high with 30 points in the second period and for the first half as a whole shot a sizzling 19-of-33 (57.6 percent) from the field and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc. Five Miami players had at least a half dozen points in the opening 20 minutes, led by Hof and Thomas with eight apiece.

Miami took its first 30-point lead on a layup by redshirt senior guard Michelle Woods with 7:48 left in the third period, drawing a La Salle (0-6) timeout with the Hurricanes ahead 57-27. Miami’s advantage would not dip below 26 the rest of the quarter and the team led 70-38 entering the fourth period.

The Hurricanes kept their lead at 30-plus the whole fourth period until the final basket from La Salle made it a 28-point final.

Five Hurricanes scored in double figures, led by 17 from Woods, who shot 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Motley finished with 14, while Hof, Thomas and sophomore forward/center Erykah Davenport all added 12.

Motley and Woods each set or tied season highs with a game-high seven rebounds apiece, while Davenport and Hof each logged a career- and game-high four steals. The Hurricanes forced the Explorers into 26 turnovers and led 40-18 in points off turnovers in the victory.

“We can play with a ton of energy,” Meier said of the tenacious defense. “The only time I really subbed in the first quarter was when someone did not make a rotation. I didn’t worry about missed shots or turnovers as much, but if you’re not going to hustle back and make rotation, we can’t afford that. We’re going to come after people but we are going to give them too many layups in the back end.”

Junior forward Micahya Owens led all scorers with 23 points for La Salle, while sophomore forward Ashanti Freeland added 14.

Miami will begin a stretch of three home games in five days Wednesday when it welcomes Illinois to the BUC for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

To learn more about the University of Miami women’s basketball team, follow @CanesWBB.


·         As has been the case in all seven games this season, Miami’s starting lineup consisted of Davenport, Hayes, Motley, Thomas and Woods.

·         This was the first-ever meeting between Miami and La Salle.

·         Meier is now 266-179 in her 15 seasons as a head coach, including 190-134 in her 11 years at Miami.

·         The previous two times Miami opened the season 7-0 were 2009-10 and 2003-04.

·         This is the second time this season Miami has won back-to-back games by at least 25 points (61-35 at Old Dominion on 11/17 and 77-50 at Loyola Chicago on 11/21). The last time the Hurricanes did so even once in a season before this year was when they won three-straight games by 25-plus in the 2011-12 campaign: 1/23/12 vs. Virginia Tech (79-48), 1/26/12 vs. Wake Forest (64-39) and 1/29/12 at Boston College (88-57).

·         Prior to Motley, the last Hurricane to top 1,000 points was Stefanie Yderstrom in 2012-13 and the last to do so in three seasons or fewer was Riquna Williams in 2010-11.

·         For the second-straight game, all 11 eligible Hurricanes scored.

·         Miami scored 46 points in the paint, led 24-5 in fast break points and 25-8 in bench points.

·         Davenport’s four steals topped her previous career high of three (recorded multiple times, most recently at Syracuse, 2/12/15).

·         Davenport also set a career high with five free throw attempts (previous high four, recorded multiple times, most recently vs. Coppin State, 12/13/14).

·         In addition, Davenport’s 12 points set a new season high (previous high 10, at Old Dominion, 11/17/15).

·         Woods tied her season high with 17 points (previous vs. Bethune-Cookman, 11/15/15).

·         Hof scored double figures for the third time in the last four games. She has scored at least eight points in six of seven games.

·         Additionally, Hof set a career best with four steals (previous three, at Old Dominion, 11/17/15) and with four assists (previous two, recorded multiple times, most recently at Charlotte, 11/23/15).

·         Motley set a season high with seven rebounds (previous five, recorded multiple times, most recent vs. Milwaukee, 11/27/15).

·         Woods’ seven boards tied her season high (previous at Old Dominion, 11/17/15).

·         Keyanna Harris reached 50 points as a Hurricane.

·         Hof eclipsed 50 points and 100 minutes played in her young career.