Lights Out: Canes Exceed Eagles on Friday Night
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team led wire-to-wire in its victory over Coppin State Friday night at the BankUnited Center, rolling to a 78-59 win.
Junior guard Jessica Thomas set the tone for the game by hitting a 3-pointer just nine seconds in, giving Miami (9-0) a lead it would not relinquish. Thomas would go on to finish with a game-high 16 points, helping the Hurricanes become the first 9-0 team in the country.
“She’s just great. She’s our motor, there’s no question,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said of Thomas, a team co-captain. “She’s a great competitor and she’s very proud to wear Miami on her chest. So, in games like that where things get a little bit sloppy, she’s the first to react. She is the first to kind of address it and demand more from her teammates. Thank God we had that mentality tonight from her.”
Miami jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two and half minutes and never looked back. The Hurricanes led Coppin State (2-5) by seven, 19-12, after one period of play, following a buzzer beater by Eagles sophomore forward Candice Beverly.
The Hurricanes stretched their lead up to as much as 14 in the second period and took a 10-point advantage, 37-27, into the locker room at halftime. Thomas had eight points and four assists in the opening 20 minutes, while sophomore forward/center Erykah Davenport added seven points, more than she logged in all but three of the first eight full games.
Miami held Coppin State to 4-of-16 shooting (25 percent) in the third period and extended its lead to 19 points, taking a 58-39 through 30 minutes of play.
A 3-pointer by redshirt sophomore guard Nigia Greene with 9:22 remaining in the contest gave Miami its first 20-point lead at 61-41. The Hurricanes’ lead did not drop below 15 at any point in the final session and the team reached the 70-point mark for the seventh time in nine outings this season.
“Every time, we’re all about the quality of the product. We’ve had some quality wins where we’ve played quality basketball and tonight we were able to get away with getting a win and not playing to our quality, but I do want to give Coppin State the credit,” Meier said of the team’s 9-0 start. “We’ve been on the road and we’ve won. We’ve been down and we’ve won. We’ve been up and been challenged back and we’ve won. The bottom line is at the end of the night we’ve been winning. We do have a great group of competitors in that locker room and we have won in nine different ways and so I am excited about that.”
Davenport finished the game with 10 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Keyanna Harris also added 10 points to go along with five rebounds. Redshirt junior forward Keyona Hayes came close to a double-double, tallying eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Three Eagles finished the game with double figures, led by redshirt sophomore guard Genesis Lucas with 12 points. Senior guards Amber Griffin and Jordan Swails each chipped in with 10.
The Hurricanes’ bench doubled up that of Coppin State, concluding the game with a 34-17 edge.
Miami will conclude its five-game homestand Sunday at 1 p.m. when it faces UMass Lowell at the BankUnited Center. It will be the team’s final home game until taking on FIU Dec. 22.
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MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
· Miami now has a 3-0 lead in the all-time series against Coppin State, winning in each of the last three seasons.
· Meier is now 268-179 in her 15 seasons as a head coach, including 192-134 in her 11 years at Miami.
· Miami did not trail at any point in the game and led for 39 minutes and 51 seconds.
· The Hurricanes are 9-0 for the second time in program history, joining a 12-0 beginning in 2003-04.
· The Hurricanes entered the day as one of just 21 remaining unbeaten teams in Division I.
· For the third time this season, all 11 eligible Hurricanes scored. For the second time in 2015-16, all 11 had at least one made field goal.
· This was the sixth time in nine games Miami conceded fewer than 30 points in the first half, including the third time in the last four contests.
· Thomas has scored 11-plus points in six of Miami’s nine games this season and nine of the last 12 dating back to 2014-15.
· Davenport scored in double figures for the third time this season, and the second time in the last three games, after doing so twice in her freshman campaign.
· Keyanna Harris has scored double digits in two of the past five games after not doing so at all in the first 27 appearances of her career.
· Additionally, Harris has logged three-plus rebounds in three of the past five games after never previously doing so.
· Harris also set career highs in free throws made (four) and attempted (five). Her prior top marks were three and four, respectively, both at Wake Forest (2/26/15).
· In the first period alone, Khaila Prather tied her career highs in free throws made (three) and attempted (four). She previously made three vs. North Florida (11/21/14) and attempted four multiple times, most recently vs. Washington (3/20/15).
· Hayes logged a season-high three steals (previous high two, recorded multiple times, most recently at Loyola Chicago, 11/21/15).
· Thomas matched her season high with three made 3-pointer (previous vs. Wright State, 11/13/15).
· Thomas also eclipsed 150 assists and 550 field goals attempted as a collegian.
· Woods topped 300 rebounds as a Hurricane and reached 200 made field goals, too.
· Harris surpassed 250 minutes played in her career.
· Motley moved past 400 made field goals at Miami.