Miami Holds on for 20th Consecutive Home Win
A team known for its high scoring offense, the Hurricanes had been anything but in their last two outings, averaging 65.5 points while shooting a combined 32 percent in a win over a Boston College and a loss at Florida State.
Thursday night, everything fell back into place for the 16th-ranked University of Miami women’s team and the ‘Canes re-found their scoring touch in an 84-77 win over visiting NC State at the BankUnited Center.
Coach Katie Meier started Shenise Johnson, Riquna Williams, Morgan Stroman, Stefanie Yderstrom, and Sylvia Bullock once again. The same group has started all 21 games this season.
With the win, the Hurricanes are now…
- 19-2 overall
- 5-1 ACC
- 16-0 at the BankUnited Center this season
- Winners of 20 straight home games
- Winners of 18 of their last 19 games
- 2-9 all-time versus NC State
The Wolfpack trekked into Miami coming off a home loss to No. 3 Duke in which they led by as many as 20 points in the second half before falling 65-64.
Last season’s meeting between the Hurricanes and Wolfpack was played before a national television audience at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh with the hosts pulling out a dramatic 66-64 victory.
Lighting it up
Miami (80.9) and NC State (74.7) came into the game ranked third and fourth respectively in scoring offense among ACC teams. The teams both displayed why putting up a combined 161 points.
Running away with it
The ‘Canes were able to grab control of the game midway through the second half going a 21-10 run.
I’ll take that
Miami, the nation’s leader, swiped 16 steals on the night. Morgan Stroman led the way with six. The Hurricanes also lead the conference in turnover margin continuing that trend with a +7 mark
The ‘Canes were able to convert many of their steals into 16 total fastbreak points on the night.
The home team was able to crash the glass to pick up 20 offensive boards to convert them to 21 second-chance points. This came against the best NC State rebounding team since the 1978-79 squad. This year’s team came in averaging 45.1 caroms per game with 17.1 offensive rebounds per game. Miami held their own allowing only nine Wolfpack offensive boards on the night.
Miami won the rebounding battle 41-36 overall.
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