7-5 • 0-1 ACC
8-2 • 1-0 ACC
|2||Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, Kody Burke, Len'Nique Brown, Breezy Williams|
|4||Stefanie Yderstrom, Michelle Woods|
December 20, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes opened their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule in near-flawless fashion Thursday night, overpowering the visiting NC State Wolfpack 79-53 at the BankUnited Center.
Miami took early control with a 16-3 run out of the gates, extended its lead to 24 by halftime, and put the Wolfpack away for good with a 14-0 run to start the second frame. Powered by a season-high 21 points from Stefanie Yderstrom, the hosts earned their 47th home win in the last 48 tries.
"Every game is important," Yderstrom said. "In the ACC, anybody can beat anybody, and it's going to be a tough game every game. You have to play hard every game."
It took the Canes all of four minutes to eclipse their first-half total from Sunday's matchup with Rutgers, as a layup from Morgan Stroman gave Miami a 14-3 lead and prompted Wolfpack head coach Kellie Harper to call a timeout. The Hurricanes, who shot 26-58 (44.8 percent) from the field and 21-23 (91.3) from the free throw line, looked nothing like the team that fell in New Jersey only four days prior.
"That is a very, very satisfying win for our team," head coach Katie Meier said. "We haven't been happy for a couple of days. We had some grinding to do, and we had some stuff to prove."
Leading 45-21 at halftime, the Hurricanes (8-2, 1-0 ACC) kept their foot on the gas. Powered by the early 14-0 surge, Miami's lead ballooned to a game-high 38 points less than four minutes into the second half.
"We've had NC State down the last couple of years, and then they come back," Meier said. "They have so much fight, energy and spirit, and then they hit the shots they were missing in the first half."
This time around, the Wolfpack (7-5, 0-1) were unable to surmount the early deficit. The Hurricanes' defense held the visitors to 35.1 percent shooting in the second half and 27.4 percent for the game, while All-ACC guard Marissa Kastanek was held scoreless for the first time in 111 career games.
"Defensively, we love Kastanek. She's a heck of a player. For her to go scoreless in this game is a big deal," Meier said.
On the opposite end, Miami's starting lineup totaled 62 of the team's 79 points, while five Hurricanes recorded double-digit scoring performances: Yderstrom, Stroman (14), Shawnice Wilson (10), sophomore Michelle Woods (15), and freshman Keyona Hayes (10). Miami outrebounded NC State 51-40.
"Our starters were on point tonight. Very, very efficient. The most efficient they've been offensively," Meier added.
The Canes' senior trio of Stroman, Yderstrom and Wilson combined for 46 points and 19 rebounds in the decisive victory. Twenty-eight of those points and 13 rebounds came in the tone-setting first half."I thought the seniors, the way they started the game, there was so much confidence and so much certainty," Meier said. "When we all know what we're doing, we're confident. When we're confident, we really beat people."
- Tonight's starters were Suriya McGuire, Stefanie Yderstrom, Morgan Stroman, Michelle Woods, and Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson.
- Shawnice Wilson had a season high of 14 rebounds on the night. She previously had 13 at Rutgers on December 16.
- Shawnice Wilson has had a double-double in consecutive games and three in the past four contest.
- Stefanie Yderstrom had a season high of 21 points. Yderstrom previously scored 19 points against FAU on November 23.
- Macy Keen had a career high of 3 blocks. Keen's previous best was 2 against Alcorn State on December 3. Keen also recorded the first steal of her career.
- The Hurricanes scored a season-high of 79 points. Their previous best was 77 against North Florida.
- Miami has won three consecutive matchups against NC State and is now 4-5 against the Wolfpack since joining the ACC in 2004.
- Five Hurricanes scored in double digits, the first time that has happened this year.