ACC Tournament Central
The Hurricanes opened the 2023 Ally ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament with a decisive 84-69 victory over the 11th-seeded Boston College Eagles Thursday evening.
Four different Hurricanes recorded a double-digit outing against Boston College, paced by Lashae Dwyer at 19 points. Three Hurricanes were two rebounds or less shy of a double-double (Haley Cavinder – 14 points, 9 rebounds; Harden – 13 points, 9 rebounds; Pendande – 15 points, 8 rebounds).
Miami will face third-seeded and eighth-ranked Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on March 3 in the tournament quarterfinals. The game will air on ACC Network with Jenn Hildreth and Debbie Antonelli on the call.
Miami holds the 22-11 advantage against Virginia Tech and is 1-1 when playing at a neutral site. The Hokies have come out on top in four of the last five meetings, but Miami recorded a 77-66 victory over Virginia Tech earlier this season.
The Hurricanes and the Hokies have only met twice before in ACC Tournament history, with each team coming away with a victory (Miami, 2018; Virginia Tech, 2021).
KEYS TO THE GAME
Good things happen for the Hurricanes when they:
- Score 80 or more points (8-2)
- Keep opponents under 60 points (11-2)
- Lead at halftime (15-1)
- Outrebound their opponent (15-4)
- Tally 15 or more assists (12-3)
- Commit fewer turnovers than their opponent (10-2)
ACC TOURNAMENT NOTES
- The Hurricanes are 13-18 all-time in the ACC Tournament and 4-6 in quarterfinal games.
- Miami has been the six seed twice before in program history, recording a 2-2 record.
- Fourteen of Miami’s 28 ACC Tournament games played have been decided by single-digits
- Miami made its first trip to the ACC Tournament Championship in program history last season
- Destiny Harden averages 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and shoots 49 percent in ACC Tournament games
- Sixteen of Miami’s 31 ACC Tournament games have been decided by single digits and five were one-possession games