Canes Nearly Complete Road Comeback at FSU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite being down by 13 in the third quarter, a trio of Miami season highs helped the Canes (14-7, 4-6 ACC) reply and take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter before coming up just short at Florida State (16-7, 7-4 ACC), 75-68, Sunday, Feb. 4.
Lemyah Hylton paced Miami with 15 points, Latasha Lattimore scored a season-best 14 points off the bench, Jaida Patrick grabbed a year-high 12 boards and Ja’Leah Williams tied her career best with eight assists despite the loss.
FINAL | FSU 75, Miami 68
Things started off at breakneck pace, with FSU leading 13-11 at the first media timeout as the teams combined for 20 field goal attempts in six minutes. Miami took a 15-13 advantage, but FSU replied with an 8-0 run to close a fast first frame.
Hylton broke FSU’s run with a 4-0 spurt on her own and Jasmyne Roberts converted the three-point play to get the Canes within 23-22. Hylton connected on two more three-pointers, posting 10 first half points, but the Seminoles closed out the half with a 41-33 advantage.
FSU started off the second half by expanding its lead to a game-high 13 points, but UM got consecutive stops and Williams swished a much-needed corner three-pointer. Roberts beat the clock with a three one possession later, cutting the deficit back to eight. Shayeann Day-Wilson hit a pull-up jumper from the free throw line and Jaida Patrick scooped up an offensive board before scoring, cutting the deficit to 49-45.
Lattimore got free under the hoop and converted the layup to complete a 12-0 run and give the Canes a 50-49 lead. Miami ended the fourth up 57-56, with Lattimore making two more buckets and Patrick completing a three-point play.
Tied at 59, Hylton drained a three and made a layup as the shot clock expired, putting UM up, 64-59. FSU would follow with a 9-2 run with help from shooting at the line, retaking a 68-66 lead with 4:21 to go. The hosts managed to go on a 7-2 run, pulling ahead to a 75-68 advantage where it remained.
“It’s a frustrating game to lose and in the third quarter I think we’ll look back at it and think we should have subbed a little more,” head coach Katie Meier said. “On the tear that we’ve been on, Florida State was on rest with a bye week and we were coming back late on Friday before turning it around. We were playing so well in the third that we didn’t sub, but I think in the fourth we saw some uncharacteristic tired plays by us. We’re going to regret it but you can’t change the schedule. It is what it is and I’m proud of my team.”
- It was the 69th game between Miami and FSU
- Lattimore’s 14 points were good for a season high, one more than she posted against Alabama State
- Williams last posted eight helpers, her most since doing so against Fordham Nov. 12
- Hylton’s 15 points were just two shy of her season and career high
- Patrick’s previous career high in boards came as a member of the Duke women’s basketball team in 2022, posting 13
- Miami outscored FSU by 25 in bench points
- It was UM’s first loss in a game this year in which it posted at least 15 assists.
- Miami’s 18 assists were the most in league play this year
The Canes play their first home game of February Thursday, Feb. 8 against Clemson.