Canes Claw Back From 18 to Topple Tigers in Overtime, 75-72
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami women’s basketball (15-7, 5-6 ACC) put forth a historic comeback, storming back from down 18 in the second quarter to force overtime and defeat Clemson (11-13, 4-8 ACC), 75-72, Thursday, Feb. 8.
It was tied for Miami’s second-biggest halftime comeback in program history, just one point shy of the largest such rally set Jan. 30, 2021 against Georgia Tech. It matched Miami’s 17-point comeback against Oklahoma State in the NCAA Championship last season.
FINAL | Miami 75, Clemson 72
Jasmyne Roberts scored the game’s first bucket on a mid-range jumper, but Clemson hit two three-pointers as part of an 18-4 run, forcing Miami into a timeout with 2:16 to go in the first frame.
Shayeann Day-Wilson got into the passing lane for a steal and score to break the drought. Lashae Dwyer grabbed a loose ball and made a jumper off the glass as time ran out in the first. Clemson started the quarter strong from deep as the Tigers entered halftime up, 39-22.
After going a full half without a three-pointer, Jaida Patrick hit consecutive treys out of the break to cut the deficit to 11. Day-Wilson hit one as well as the Canes cut the deficit down to six before the first media timeout of the second half. Day-Wilson scored nine-third quarter points as the Canes outscored the Tigers by 10 in the third, trailing by seven after the third session.
Lazaria Spearman broke into double-digit scoring with the first bucket of the fourth, trimming the deficit down to five, the smallest margin of the second half. Clemson was able to bring its lead back to nine, but Latasha Lattimore hit a big three-pointer to trim things to 57-51 with 7:04 to go. Spearman continued to produce in the final frame, getting a tough bucket to fall as she drew contact.
Down four, Miami got a stop and Day-Wilson proceeded to get fouled on a three-pointer. She stepped to the line and made all three, bringing Miami within one at 61-60. Ja’Leah Williams was fouled and hit one of two free throws, tying the game at 61-61 to help send it to overtime.
Day-Wilson drained a three-pointer and assisted on a Spearman layup, giving the Canes a 66-61 lead with 3:51 to go in the overtime period. Williams answered a Clemson bucket with a clutch pull-up jumper, followed up by a corner three from Patrick. The Tigers managed to cut it to 73-72 with 33 seconds left, but Miami got a key offensive board and Lattimore closed it out at the line to seal the win.
“Clemson, wow, they were prepared. They were prepared and they were confident in the first half. We weren’t great, but they were great. They were on a roll and were playing really well, so credit to their staff,” head coach Katie Meier said…”I yelled a lot at them [Miami] about their defense at halftime, but the offense I thought was coming. They were sharing the ball and doing a better job and stayed faithful and calm.”
- It was the 28th meeting and first of two on the season between the two teams
- It was Miami’s first home game of February, marking the first of five over the next eight games
- It was Miami’s first overtime game of the season
- Miami had the lead for five and a half minutes
- All eight of Miami’s three pointers came in the second half
- It was the second-biggest halftime comeback in Miami program history
- UM’s bench outscored Clemson by 24
- Three Canes finished in double figures
- Miami held Clemson to just 19 second half points
- Miami outrebounded Clemson by 10 in the second half
- The Canes held Clemson to seven field goals in the second half
Miami returns to the road Sunday at Georgia Tech with tip-off set for 2 p.m.