The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team hosted the Virginia Cavaliers at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, FL. The Canes were looking to bounce back from their loss to the Florida State Seminoles back on Jan. 31.
Miami dominated the first quarter of play, outscoring Virginia 22-10. Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter and the lady Canes took a 32-20 lead into the locker room.
Virginia would keep it close in the second half, but Miami would still outscore them 40-35 in the third and fourth quarters. Miami would go on to win the game by a final score of 72-59. The win for them would be their 19th of the season.
Beatrice Mompremier had another great game for the Canes. She scored 24 points on 11 of 16 shooting from the field. She also fell short of a double-double, recording nine rebounds.
Emese Hof did record a double-double in this game. She scored 18 points on 7-11 shooting while adding 13 rebounds.
Kelsey Marshall had a career day with 17 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.
For Virginia, their leading scorer was Jocelyn Willoughby. She scored 16 points, but shot 6-16 from the field. Lisa Jablonowski led the Cavaliers with seven rebounds.
Canes Shining Shooting
As a team, Miami shot 54 percent (27-50) from the field and 35.7 percent (5-14) from three point range. Virginia, on the other hand, shot 34.4 percent (22-64) from the field and 29.4 percent (5-17) from three.
Miami’s defense was also a key to victory in this game. While keeping Virginia to under 50 percent shooting, they were also able to force 11 Cavaliers turnovers.
Two of Miami’s next three games will be the two hardest of their season. They will host the fifth ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish Thursday night, Feb. 7.
Following a game at Pitt, they will follow that up with another road game against the third-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Louisville is a force to be reckoned with. They recently handed the UConn women’s basketball team their second loss of the season.