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RALEIGH, N.C. – For the second time in three opportunities this season, the University of Miami women’s basketball team went on the road and defeated a top-25 opponent.
No. 14/14 Miami (13-2, 2-1 ACC) notched a thrilling 67-64 victory Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum against RV/No. 23 NC State.
Redshirt senior forward Keyona Hayes logged a double-double with game highs in points (18) and rebounds (10) to help the Hurricanes take down a Wolfpack team that was coming off back-to-back wins over top-six teams to open ACC play.
“Road wins count double, ACC road wins count triple and ACC road wins against top-25 opponents count quadruple,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said of her philosophy on such important victories. “We realize the importance of this win, we really truly do.”
NC State (12-4, 2-1 ACC) raced out to a 14-point lead in the first period after making 10 of its first 14 shots from the field, while Miami made just three of its first 15. Senior guard Adrienne Motley scored the final four points of the opening frame and Miami trailed by 10, 23-13, through 10 minutes of play.
The Hurricanes scored the first nine points of the second period, including Motley connecting on a pair of 3-pointers, to extend their run to 13-0 and pull within one point, 23-22. Miami took its first lead of the game, 26-25, with 5:33 left in the second quarter on a layup by sophomore guard Laura Cornelius.
The Hurricanes pushed their run all the way to 23-3 over a span of eight minutes and 17 seconds, taking a 32-26 edge with 2:41 remaining before the intermission.
Miami would go on to take a 36-32 lead into the locker room. Despite its sluggish start offensively and NC State’s hot opening, Miami outshot the Wolfpack, 46.9 percent (15-of-32) to 41.9 percent (13-of-31), in the first 20 minutes.
“We were able to score, so we could extend our defense a bit,” Meier said of what changed in the second period. “That cut into their ability to run all of their really complicated sets. I think that helped a lot.”
The Hurricanes picked up after the break right where they left off, scoring the first four points of the second half to give them a prolonged 31-9 run and a 40-32 advantage, their then-largest lead of the night. NC State managed to trim its deficit to two, but Miami took a six-point edge, 50-44, into the final quarter.
Miami pushed its lead to 11 points twice in the fourth period, but the second time NC State responded with a 12-1 run, including scoring nine straight points, to even the score at 62 with 1:43 to go. Cornelius answered with a fantastic play to score at the rim to give the Hurricanes a lead they would not relinquish and Motley made a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds left to help seal the win.
“We weren’t going to lose. I could see on our faces that we just were not going to lose,” Meier said of her team’s strong finish. “If NC State was going to go and beat us, that would have been one thing. We were making some mistakes, but we never got to down about it. We just knew when there were seconds left on the clock and a chance to make a play, we did.”
Along with Hayes’ double-double, Motley finished with 16 points, while Cornelius and senior guard Jessica Thomas each registered nine points and a co-game-high five assists.
Senior forward Jennifer Mathurin led a quartet of NC State players in double figures with 17 points. Senior guard Miah Spencer had 16, junior forward Chelsea Nelson posted 11 and redshirt senior guard Dominique Wilson added 10.
The Hurricanes finished the game with a 41-31 edge in rebounding and a 15-7 advantage in bench points, the 13th time in 15 games their bench outscored that of their opponent. NC State never re-took the lead from Miami after the Hurricanes went ahead in the second period.
Miami will now return home to play No. 7/6 Notre Dame Sunday at 3 p.m., on ESPN2 at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
· Following a 3-of-15 (20.0 percent) start from the field to open the game, Miami shot 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) the rest of the first half. Meanwhile, after NC State began the game shooting 10-of-14 (71.4 percent), it went 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) the remainder of the opening half.
· The last time Miami had multiple road victories against top-25 opponents in the same season was in 2003-04, when it won, 70-66, at No. 20/18 Boston College (1/10/04) and 65-56 at No. 21/19 Virginia Tech (2/14/04). Earlier this season, the Hurricanes won, 94-89 (OT), at No. 9/10 Ohio State (12/1/16).
· Hayes now has 12 double-doubles in her college career, including three in the past 12 games.
· Motley eclipsed 1,600 points and 600 made field goals as a Hurricane, Davenport surpassed 450 points in her career, Hof moved past 350 points at Miami and Hayes eclipsed 650 rebounds as a collegian.