Miami tops Virginia Tech women
The Hokies finish last in the ACC, and with the 12th seed, earned the right to play the Hurricanes again in the league tournament Thursday.
DAVE KNACHEL | Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech senior Alyssa Fenyn races up the court against Miami on Sunday at Cassell Coliseum. Fenyn had 14 points in her final home game.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
BLACKSBURG -- Round 2 between the Miami and Virginia Tech women's basketball teams went to the Hurricanes, just like Round 1 did.
The teams will meet again for Round 3 in the ACC tournament.
The Hokies led at halftime but wound up losing 64-46 at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday.
Virginia Tech (10-19, 4-14) finished alone in the ACC basement, marking the fifth time in six years that Tech finished either alone in last place or tied for last.
The 12th-seeded Hokies will meet fifth-seeded Miami (20-9, 11-7) in the first round of the ACC tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
"This game really helped us and showed that we could actually play with them," said senior guard Alyssa Fenyn, who had 14 points in her final home game.
Miami also beat Tech 68-42 on Feb. 3.
"I don't think anybody wants to play three games against a team," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "I don't think anyone really wants to play someone on Sunday and play them again. I don't think they want to play us. I don't think we want to play them."
Meier feared a "trap" game Sunday. Her team was coming off an upset of No. 4 Duke, while the Hokies had recorded back-to-back victories.
Tech coach Dennis Wolff "is doing a great job," Meier said. "You get a team playing with that much energy and that much heart at the end of the season, you're a heck of a coach."
The Hurricanes shot just 20 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 23-19 at halftime.
"They had us playing their style in the first half," Meier said. "We had to change the game.
"I didn't like [her players] at halftime. I didn't like the way they were sitting. I really literally turned into a kindergarten teacher and said, 'Sit up. Get your heads up. Get your shoulders back.' They were slouching. They were pitiful."
The Hurricanes rang up 45 points in the second half, when they snared 11 offensive rebounds and shot 45.2 percent from the field.
"If we don't rebound better [Thursday] and we give them, as big and as aggressive as they are, ... that many second shots, we're going to have trouble," said Wolff, whose team was outrebounded 48-34 in the game.
With the score tied at 31 with 13:54 to go, Miami went on a 12-1 run to grab a 43-32 cushion with 5:55 remaining.
"It just came down to who would play harder when it counted," Meier said. "They found that extra tank of gas."
"They kind of wore us down," Wolff said.
Morgan Stroman had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Hurricanes. Teammate Stefanie Yderstrom had 11 of her 13 points and all three of her 3-pointers in the second half.
Tech shot just 25.5 percent from the field.
Uju Ugoka had 12 points and eight rebounds but was just 2 of 13 from the field. Monet Tellier had 10 points and was 3 of 11.
The Hokies lost on senior day for the third straight year. It was the final home game for Fenyn, Aerial Wilson and walk-ons Kerry Sarver and Rachel Nichols.
"I'm going to ... miss my teammates and the community," said Wilson, who was 0 of 5 from the field.
"It's been a roller-coaster ride, but all in all it was good," Fenyn said of her career.
Tech's Taijah Campbell, who missed the past eight games with an injured foot, played four minutes Sunday.
MIAMI (20-9, 11-7)
Stroman 5-9 8-10 18, Wilson 4-8 3-4 11, Yderstrom 4-13 2-2 13, Saunders 1-6 0-0 3, McGuire 4-11 4-5 12, Woods 1-5 1-1 3, Hayes 0-2 2-2 2, Brown 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 19-56 22-26 64.
VIRGINIA TECH (10-19, 4-14)
Hadley 0-1 0-0 0, Sarver 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 0-5 1-4 1, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0, Fenyn 5-12 2-2 14, Young 0-0 0-0 0, L. Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Ugoka 2-13 8-11 12, N. Evans 2-5 1-2 5, Kiss-Rusk 1-1 0-0 2, Campbell 0-1 0-0 0, Tellier 3-11 3-4 10, Lloyd 1-4 0-0 2, Totals 14-55 15-23 46.
Halftime- VT, 23-19. Three-pointers- UM 4-12 (Yderstrom 3-6, Saunders 1-3, McGuire 0-2, Woods 0-1), VT 3-10 (Sarver 0-1, Wilson 0-2, Fenyn 2-3, Tellier 1-1, Lloyd 0-3). Rebounds- UM 48 (Stroman 15), VT 34 (Ugoka 8). Fouls- UM 20, VT 19. Assists- UM 12 (Woods 4), VT 9 (Tellier 3). Turnovers- UM 14, VT 12. Officials- Newton, Hardcastle, Humphrey. A- 1,800.
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