No. 23 Miami Gets By Richmond, 69-63
2-0 • 0-0 ACC
1-1 • 0-0 A-10
|11||Stroman, Wilson, Hayes|
November 12, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - Krystal Saunders hit a three-pointer with 17.9 seconds left to seal Miami's 69-63 win over the Richmond Spiders Monday evening at the Robins Center.
The big basket was made possible by an offensive rebound from Michelle Woods, who then quickly scanned the court and found the open Saunders . Woods also scored a career-best 20 points - the second straight game she has done so. The Naples, Fla., native poured in 19 points in the season opener on Friday.
Miami (2-0) led by two at the half, but Woods scored nine straight points to open the second period, hitting a pair of threes and converting on an and-one opportunity. In all, the 23rd-ranked Canes would go on a 13-0 run to start the half.
Freshman Keyona Hayes was one of three Hurricanes to grab 11 rebounds on the night, joining Morgan Stroman and Shawnice Wilson. Hayes also was a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line, scoring 10 points on the night in recording Miami's first double-double of the season.
Senior All-ACC guard Stefanie Yderstrom struggled from the field but with 4:22 remaining in the game, stole an inbounds pass underneath Miami's goal and sank the reverse lay-in to put the Canes up by nine at 64-55.
Richmond (1-1) would pull to within three in the game's final minute before Saunders deal-breaker.
Stroman picked up two early fouls and Meier was forced to put the all-conference forward on the bench for the remainder of the half. Soon after, Krystal Saunders would join her teammate with a pair of fouls.
Hayes and Caprice Dennis did more than their fair share in filling in for the Canes in the opening stanza, combining for 12 points. At the break, Miami held a 36-34 lead after an offensive put-back from Hayes with a fraction of a second left. The freshman led all UM players with eight points and six rebounds heading into the locker room.
After Stroman left the game, Richmond would build a 12-7 lead with 12:24 left in the half. However, Meier called for a full court press, forcing the Spiders into five consecutive turnovers and nine Hurricane points in just over two minutes.
Rachael Bilney led the Spiders with 15 points, while Becca Wann scored 13 and Keri Soppe added 12.The Hurricanes have six days before their next contest, the highly anticipated matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers, Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:05 p.m.