WBB Wins UM Thanksgiving Tournament Title
3-2 • 0-0 Big South
4-1 • 0-0 ACC
November 24, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- In her first game since surpassing the 1,000-point plateau, Morgan Stroman led the Hurricanes to a 75-58 win over Radford to claim the UM Thanksgiving Tournament title, Saturday night at the BankUnited Center.
Stroman led all scorers with 22 points - one shy of her career high - and also grabbed 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. For her efforts, the Hopkins, S.C., native was named the tournament most valuable performer.
The Highlanders (3-2) tied it up at 46 on a Jordynn Gaymon jumper with 12:17 left in the game, but the Canes (4-1) would score the next nine points, including three Stroman layups to pull away for good. Radford would get no closer than six points the rest of the contest.
For the second consecutive game, senior guard Stefanie Yderstrom scored in double figures, netting 15 points and earning a spot on the all-tournament team. The Swede led all players with six assists on the night, just one short of her personal best.
In her first career start, junior Maria Brown nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and nine boards. Fellow junior Krystal Saunders connected on a pair of three-pointers and scored a season-high 13 points.
Miami outpaced the visitors 36-18 in points in the paint and a night after committing 28 turnovers, the Hurricanes only coughed the ball up 13 times, resulting in only five Radford points.
Though she didn't start, UM's Shawnice Wilson stepped up in second half, grabbing six of her seven rebounds and causing havoc in the middle for the Highlanders.
Ashley Buckhannon led Radford with 15 points, while Ayana Avery and Sarah Tabb added 14 and 10 respectively.
The Canes opened the first half hitting four of its first seven shot, including three-pointers from Yderstrom, Michelle Woods and Saunders. However, the Radford defense limited the Canes to just seven-of-28 shooting the rest of the half and Miami led by only three at the break, 31-28.
Stroman led the Canes with 10 points and four rebounds at the hald. Yderstrom scored seven early points, but played only seven first-half minutes before picking up her second personal foul.
Miami will next face the No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions at the BankUnited Center on Thursday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
2012 UM Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team
Cartaesha Macklin - Southern Illinois
Chenise Miller - Florida Atlantic
Sarah Tabb - Radford
Ayona Avery - Radford
Stefanie Yderstrom - Miami
MVP - Morgan Stroman - Miami