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Miami Drops Back-and-Forth ACC Road Opener at Boston College

Miami Drops Back-and-Forth ACC Road Opener at Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – In a game that didn’t feature a double-digit lead for either side, Miami women’s basketball (10-3, 0-2 ACC) came up just a few possessions short in a 70-64 loss at Boston College (9-6, 1-1 ACC) Thursday, Jan. 4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) road opener.

Despite the loss, Kyla Oldacre tied season highs for points, blocks, steals and field goals, while notching a career-high nine boards.

FINAL | BC 70, Miami 64

Boston College opened the scoring with a 7-0 run, with Miami breaking the drought thanks to a driving layup from Shayeann Day-Wilson with just over six minutes to go in the first frame. Miami made BC uncomfortable, forcing 11 turnovers in the first as the Canes came back and grabbed a brief lead. The Eagles hit a deep three to close the first as UM trailed, 14-12, after one.

After finding traction late in the first quarter, UM continued to pressure BC and go ahead by five with a deep three-pointer from Day-Wilson. Oldacre gathered four boards and posted five points by the first media timeout of the second quarter, helping Miami establish itself down low. Nine of 10 Canes got into the scoring column in the first half as things ended tied at 35 through the first half.

Oldacre scored the second half’s first points, but BC hit consecutive treys to take a 43-37 lead with 6:33 to go. Jasmyne Roberts responded with a veteran play, getting a mid-range jumper to fall while taking contact as part of a three-point play. Lashae Dwyer put Miami ahead with a fastbreak layup, capping a 7-0 run. BC was able to get to the line towards the end of the quarter and take a 50-47 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

BC started the fourth with a three, but some key offensive boards ended in an Oldacre layup to get Miami within four. The Eagles found a groove from deep, creating an eight-point lead, its largest of the game. Again, offensive boards were a huge lift for UM, with Lemyah Hylton gathering a miss and scoring on a three-point play. 

Ja’Leah Williams drained a huge three-pointer as the shot clock expired coming out of a timeout, cutting the deficit to 63-62. BC closed the game on a 7-2 run to hold on late.

“I’m disappointed, as I’m sure our fans are. We don’t give ourselves a chance by coughing the ball up,” head coach Katie Meier said. “We were trying to get the ball into Kyla and Jaida. They were both playing really hard and really well, but the ball was just really slippery for no reason. We’ve got to fix it. We’re trying and we’re working on it, but we’ve got to be better.”

NOTES

  • This is the 51st meeting between Miami and Boston College
  • The Canes’ last game in Chestnut Hill was January 23, 2022
  • Oldacre reached 20-career blocks and finished one rebound shy of a double-double
  • It was the 23rd meeting all-time between these two teams in Chestnut Hill
  • It was Miami’s third game played in which it was tied at the half this year and second in a row
  • The game was Miami’s first road ACC game of the year and just second true road game of the season
  • All 10 active Hurricanes scored for the eighth time this year
  • Williams went for her fourth-straight double-digit scoring game
  • Oldacre set a career high with nine boards. She also tied season highs in points, steals, blocks and field goals

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