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January 6, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami Hurricanes improved to 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for just the second time in program history, toppling the Virginia Cavaliers 58-52 Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.
Seniors Stefanie Yderstrom and Morgan Stroman combined for 30 points in the win, Miami's 10th-straight at home and fifth-straight overall.
Neither team was able to pull away in the first half, even after the Hurricanes (12-2, 3-0 ACC) opened the game on a 7-2 run in just over two minutes. A three-pointer from Yderstrom opened the scoring, while a fast-break layup from Stroman put Miami up by five with 17:41 to go.
"That's ACC basketball right there," head coach Katie Meier said. "Physical. Cerebral. Both teams knowing each others' plays, and scouts, and communicating."
Sophomore Suriya McGuire provided first-half fireworks of her own, racing back for an impressive block off the backboard on Cavaliers' junior Kelsey Wolfe midway through the period. Another strong athletic display from McGuire, this one on a tightly-contested lay-up on the offensive end, gave Miami a 22-19 advantage with 8:03 left.
"That was an enormous game for Suriya McGuire," Meier said. "That's fun. That's why we love this team. Everyone stays in it."
Seven different Hurricanes registered points in the first frame, as the hosts took a 29-25 lead into the locker room.
A strong start to the second half, where Miami held the visitors without a field goal for a stretch of nearly five minutes, helped the Hurricanes' lead balloon as high as 14 with 13:52 to go.
Meier pointed to her team's halftime tradition of writing down the necessary adjustments on the locker room white board as essential to the surge.
"They nailed it," she said.
But the Cavaliers erased the deficit in just under four minutes, exploding on a 17-2 run to take a 46-45 advantage.
"It was a quick run," Yderstrom said. "We were actually a little bit surprised. I think we lost focus a bit."
Miami would respond, as Yderstrom's third three-pointer of the night gave the Hurricanes a four-point advantage with 5:33 to go. Six straight points from McGuire in the game's final stages, including a dagger of a three-pointer with 1:32 left, helped keep the Hurricanes perfect in their conference slate.
"When the minutes go down, in the second half, both teams are tired," McGuire said. "You have to stay focused. It's what team wants it more."
Miami's bench outscored Virginia's 15-4, including nine from McGuire and four from freshman Keyona Hayes. Wolfe led all scorers with 18 points.
"We're exhausted. That was just a really, really good win for our program," Meier said. "Virginia is a very good team with a lot of things that can give you fits."