@CanesWBB Drops Home Finale to No. 10 UofL
No. 10/10 Louisville7951No. 17/17 Miami
|Box Score||Game Broadcast|
|Season Stats||ACC Stats|
|SCORE BY QUARTER|
Hines-Allen / Degrate
|Thomas / Cornelius||5||
|Moore||4-6||Moore / Jackson||2|
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team fell in its last home game of the 2015-16, 79-51, against No. 10 Louisville Thursday night at the BankUnited Center.
No. 17 Miami (22-6, 10-5 ACC) was led in scoring by junior guard Adrienne Motley, who posted 12 points, her 23rd outing this season with at least a dozen points.
“The effort by Louisville was astounding, they were really great,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said. “You have to give them a lot of credit.”
Motley scored seven points in the first seven minutes and 32 seconds of the game to help Miami go ahead 11-10. Louisville (23-6, 14-1 ACC) then closed the first quarter on an 8-2 run to take an 18-13 lead through 10 minutes of play.
The Hurricanes scored six of the first eight points of the second period to pull within one, but the Cardinals controlled play for the remainder of the session and led 40-21 entering the locker room.
Miami scored five-straight points to open the second half, but the Cardinals were quickly able to stop the building momentum at the BUC. They went on to take a 64-30 edge entering the final period of action.
The Hurricanes outscored Louisville by six in the fourth quarter, 21-15, including posting a 7-0 run. Freshman forward/center Zada Williams scored six points in the last period, setting a new career high in ACC play for a full game.
Junior guard Jessica Thomas finished the game with nine points, a co-game-high five assists, four rebounds and just one turnover.
Louisville sophomore forward Myisha Hines-Allen led all players with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Mariya Moore posted 14 points, while redshirt junior guard Briahanna Jackson added 13 and freshman guard Asia Durr had 11.
Prior to the game, Miami honored redshirt senior guard Michelle Woods on her senior night. A native of Naples, Fla., Woods is a team co-captain who ranks ninth on the program’s all-time appearances list (123) and has posted 27 double-digit scoring games.
“Throughout my entire career there have been one or two players in terms of caring for the coach like her. She’s got another level of compassion and understanding for her coach,” Meier said. “She really wants to know what message the team needs from me. Behind the scenes, she just checks on the staff to make sure we’re okay. She’s just a wonderful human being. I’m going to miss her toughness, but I’m going to miss her smile and compassion more than anything.”
Miami finished the season 13-3 at home. It is the seventh-straight season the Hurricanes have posted double-digit home victories and single-digit home losses. They have been at least 10 games over .500 at the BUC in five of those campaigns.
The Hurricanes are set to wrap up the 2015-16 regular season Sunday at 3 p.m. when they take on No. 12/12 Florida State. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
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MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
· The all-time series between the Miami and Louisville is now 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals.
· Meier is now 281-185 in her 15 seasons as a head coach, including 205-140 in her 11 years at Miami.
· In addition to Woods, head manager Chiara Morello was also recognized in Miami’s pregame senior night ceremony.
· Miami’s last loss by 25-plus points was 1/23/14 at No. 2/2 Notre Dame, 79-52.
· Five different Hurricanes blocked a shot in the game, including four starters.
· Woods moved past Loretta Harvey into sole possession of ninth place on the Hurricanes’ all-time appearances list with 123 games played.
· Motley has scored at least a dozen points in 23 of 28 games this season.
· Motley eclipsed 2,750 minutes played as a collegian.
· Keyanna Harris set a career high with six free throw attempts (previous high five, vs. Coppin State, 12/4/15). Her three makes from the line tied her career best in ACC play (previously recorded multiple times, most recently at Notre Dame, 2/14/16).
· Harris also tied her career highs in ACC action in both points (five), rebounds (four) and minutes played (16). She previously recorded five points multiple times (most recently at North Carolina, 1/17/16), had four rebounds vs. Pittsburgh (1/7/16) and played 16 minutes at Clemson (1/10/16).
· Thomas tallied at least four assists for the 15th time in 2015-16 and had five-plus for the seventh time.
· Williams’ six points set a career high in ACC play (previous high five, at Notre Dame, 2/14/16).
· Williams’ three field goals made also matched her career best (previous vs. FIU, 12/22/15). Additionally, she surpassed 100 minutes played as a Hurricane.
· Laura Cornelius tied with Thomas for the game lead with five assists, her sixth outing this season with at least five assists.