@MiamiWBB Cruises to Holiday Tourney Title
8-5 • 0-0 Big Ten
10-2 • 1-0 ACC
December 29, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami women's basketball team proved to be too much for a Big Ten team for the second time this season, dominating Wisconsin 67-44 for the UM Holiday Tournament championship.
For the second straight night, Stefanie Yderstrom would lead all scorers with 18 points, hitting a season-best five three pointers. For her performance, the senior All-ACC guard was named the tournament's most valuable performer.
Joining Yderstrom on the all-tournament team was freshman Keyona Hayes and fellow senior Shawnice Wilson. Wilson was the only player to record double-digit rebounds on Friday night, pulling down 12. It was the fifth time this season the Pittsburg native had 11 or more boards.
A night after recording her team-leading third double-double of the season, Hayes scored six points and snagged nine caroms.
The balanced scoring and depth for Miami has been one of the greatest strengths so far this season. However, the Canes feature the nation's eighth best defense in field goal percentage and the Badgers fared no better than most against UM. Wisconsin shot a season-worst 24 percent from the floor and were badly out-rebounded, 59-31.
Miami used an 11-0 run over a span of 5:51 to open up a 27-14 lead in the latter stages of the opening half and headed into the locker room with a 34-16 lead. Morgan Stroman, limited in the Canes' win in the tourney opener with foul trouble, returned to form early on, scoring 12 of her 15 points in the first period.
The Badgers were led by all-tournament team member Jacki Gulczynski's 16 points.
Earlier in the year, the Canes upset then sixth-ranked Penn State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Hurricanes will celebrate the New Year then return to court on Jan. 3, returning to conference play, when they welcome Clemson to the BankUnited Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
All UM Holiday All-Tournament Team
Jaclyn Babe - Central Connecticut State
Jacki Gulczynki - Wisconsin
Morgan Paige - Wisconsin
Keyona Hayes - Miami
Shawnice Wilson - Miami