Second Half Run Secures 20-Win Season for WBB
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March 3, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. - A 12-1 second half run from the Hurricanes broke a 31-31 tie and propelled Miami to a 64-46 win over Virginia Tech in both teams' regular season finale at Cassell Coliseum.
The win gave Miami its fourth consecutive 20-win season, the second longest streak in program history, and put it in a fourth-place tie with Florida State in the conference standings.
In the final regular season game of her career, Morgan Stroman had a dominating performance with game highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds. The double-double was the eighth of the season for the Hopkins, S.C., native.
Fellow senior Stefanie Yderstrom connected on a game-high three three-pointers, including two in the second half to help put the game away. She ended the game with 13 points. Suriya McGuire scored 12 points and Shawnice Wilson added 11 to go with her eight rebounds to help pace the Canes.
Miami was outstanding from the line, connecting on 22 of its 26 free throws, many late in the game to keep the Hokies at bay. Virginia Tech was only able to convert on 15 of its 23 attempts from the stripe.
The Canes were dominant on the boards in the second half, grabbing several on the offensive end that led to big second chance points. Krystal Saunders was just one rebound shy of her career-best effort, pulling down seven caroms, three off the offensive glass.
The Hokies were paced by Alyssa Fenyn's 14 points. Uju Ugoka had 12 points and eight rebounds and Monet Tellier added 10 points.
The Hurricanes held Virginia Tech without a field goal for the game's first 6:37, but the Hokies erased a 7-point deficit and ended the half on a 10-3 run to head into the half with a 23-19 lead.
Stroman led all players with eight points and seven rebounds at the break.
Miami had already secured the No. 5 seed in next week's ACC Tournament. However, The Canes'win guaranteed the 12 seed for Virginia Tech. The Canes and Hokies will meet again in Thursday's first round at 11 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.