@CanesWBB Storms Past FIU by 28
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|SCORE BY QUARTER|
|Hudson||20||Hudson / Feagin||7|
|Hayes / Harris||4||Woods||2|
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team capped its nonconference slate with a dominant 83-55 victory over FIU Tuesday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.
No. 23/20 Miami (12-1) scored first and never looked back, leading from start to finish. The Hurricanes’ starting guards, junior Adrienne Motley, junior Jessica Thomas and redshirt senior Michelle Woods, combined for 44 points. Motley led the way with 19, Thomas added 15 and Woods logged her first-career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
“All three of those starting guards played a lot of minutes of heavy, intense basketball just two and three nights ago,” Miami headcoach Katie Meier said, referring to the team’s game against fourth-ranked Baylor and Indiana. “So, for them to give us those numbers [was very big].”
Freshman forward/center Emese Hof’s opening basket helped Miami build a 9-3 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the contest. The Hurricanes stretched the lead by an additional point the rest of the period and led 23-16 through one quarter.
Freshman forward/center Zada Williams gave Miami a big boost off the bench in the second period, scoring a five of her career-high seven points in the first five minutes of the frame. The Hurricanes stretched their lead to as much as 18 in the quarter. Woods hit a 3-pointer and then Miami forced a backcourt turnover that led to a jump shot by Motley to make it 44-26 with 3:10 left in the half.
Miami would eventually take a 44-31 lead into the intermission. Motley scored 11 points in the opening 20 minutes, while Woods had 10 to go along with six rebounds, helping the Hurricanes take a 25-14 edge over FIU (2-7) at the break.
The Panthers opened the second half on a 10-0 run in the first two-and-a-half minutes to pull within three at 44-41, but Miami quickly answered.
Motley finished a tough basket through contact in the paint, helping spark the Hurricanes to a 15-0 run of their own, extending the lead all the way back to 18, 59-41, with 3:34 on the clock. The stretch included a pair of 3-pointers by junior guard Jessica Thomas and one by freshman guard Laura Cornelius.
“At this point, when they go on that run, the players know they don’t even have to look at me. They know I’m not calling timeout,” Meier said of Miami’s response. “If we’re confused, I’ll call a timeout and fix it. That was just that we just had to play through our legs. It was fatigue. It was great effort from FIU and then on our part I was hoping someone would play defense . . . The leaders took care of it.”
A bucket Motley just before the horn gave the Hurricanes a 68-47 advantage entering the final period of play.
Miami pushed its lead to as much as 29 in the final period. The final 28-point margin of victory tied for the team’s third-largest of the year.
In addition to the starting backcourt, sophomore forward/center Erykah Davenport also scored in double figures, finishing with 11. She helped the Miami bench outscore that of FIU by a margin of 31-3.
“It’s a credit to my staff. The position coaches do a great job,” Meier said of her team’s depth and consistent balanced scoring. “They keep their players within the roles in the system and let them know that they’re valued and they’re very important. This isn’t just an experiment; I believe it’s the secret to the success.”
FIU freshman guard Kristian Hudson led all scorers with 20 points, while senior guards Taylor Shade and Destini Feagin added 15 and 10, respectively.
The Hurricanes did not concede a single second chance point in the game and had 20 of their own. Miami also led 36-12 in points in the paint and 24-8 in points off turnovers.
With nonconference play now in the rearview mirror, the Hurricanes will begin ACC action Dec. 30 when they host NC State at the BankUnited Center at 7 p.m.
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MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
· For the second-straight game, Miami’s starting lineup consisted of Keyona Hayes, Hof, Motley, Thomas and Woods.
· The all-time time series between Miami and FIU is now 34-22 in favor of the Hurricanes. Miami has played and defeated FIU more than any other opponent.
· Meier is now 271-180 in her 15 seasons as a head coach, including 195-135 in her 11 years at Miami. She is five victories away from 200 in her career at Miami.
· The Hurricanes have scored at least 70 points 11 times in 13 games, including 80-plus on six occasions. Miami now has more 80-point games than it did all of last season (five).
· Miami has scored over 80 points in each of the last four games.The last time the Hurricanes did that was from Nov. 29, 2011 to Dec. 28, 2011 when they did so in seven-consecutive contests.
· Six of Miami’s 12 wins have come by greater than 25 points.
· In both of Hof’s starts this season she has scored Miami’s first points of the game.
· Motley has posted over a dozen points in 11 of Miami’s 13 games this season. She has posted 17-plus in nine of them, including each of the last four.
· Additionally, Motley reached 900 field goals attempted in her career.
· Keyanna Harris logged a career-high four assists (previous high three, recorded multiple times, most recently at Wake Forest, 2/26/15).
· Harris’ 21 minutes played set a new career best, too (previous high 20, vs. Bethune-Cookman, 11/15/15). Her four made free throws equaled her career high (previous vs. Coppin State, 12/4/15).
· Thomas seta season high with six rebounds (previous high five, at Loyola Chicago, 11/21/15) and matched her season best with three made 3-pointers (previous vs. Baylor, 12/19/15).
· Thomas has now logged double-digit points in nine of 13 games this season.
· In addition, Thomas went over 600 field goals attempted in her career.
· Williams’ seven points eclipsed her career best (previousfive, vs. UMass Lowell, 12/6/15), as did her three made field goals (previous high two, vs. Coppin State, 12/4/15).
· Williams also set a career high in rebounds with six (previously recorded multiple times, most recently vs. UMass Lowell, 12/6/15). She recorded multiple assists in a game for the first time and played double-digit minutes (11) for the first time, too.
· In total, Williams set seven career highs and matched an eighth.
· Woods’ 10 rebounds topped her previous career best of eight (recorded multiple times, most recently vs. Illinois, 12/2/15).
· Woods also set a new season best and matched her career high with two blocks (previously recorded multiple times, most recently at Wake Forest, 2/26/15).
· Khaila Prather surpassed her career high with six free throw attempts (previously high four, recorded multiple times, most recently vs. UMass Lowell, 12/6/15).
· Prather also matched her career best with three made free throws (previously recorded multiple times, most recently vs. Coppin State, 12/4/15).
· In addition, Prather reaached 150 rebounds as a collegian.
· Davenport scored in double figures for the fourth time in the last seven games and the fifth time this season. Additionally, she topped 200 career points.
· Davenport’s 25 minutes played matched her career high (previous at Old Dominion, 11/17/15), while her five made field goals matched her season best (previously recorded multiple times, most recently vs. UMass Lowell, 12/6/15).
· Woods surpassed 2,500 minutes played as a Hurricane, while Hayes eclipsed 1,500 and Cornelius surpassed 250.