Hurricanes hit season high of 78 points and sweep Miami Holiday Classic


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Graduate student Kelsey Marshall attempted a reverse layup at the Watsco Center as part of her 19 points in Miami’s dominant win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, December 6th. Photo credit: Josh Halper

Women’s basketball in Miami continues it is Successes in the Watsco Center this season.

Graduate guard Kelsey Marshall led the Hurricanes again on Monday to keep their undefeated mark at home.

Marshall added up a game high 19 points for the second straight competition to lead Miami (6-3) tooa 78-65 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-4) at the Watsco center. The skilled sniper nailed it four 3-point field goals, to need just three more to become UM’s absolute market leader in 3-point field targets.

The hurricanes surpassed the Lady Lions 41-26 and forced 21 turnovers.

“I thought we had 25-30 minutes of really great basketball that came after an incredibly tough, tough win the night before,” said Katie Meier, Miami head coach. “We played on our bench, took energy from everyone and really challenged the team to put courage in each other’s hearts and stay focused. But at the end of the third, beginning of the fourth, we just didn’t. Our defenses gave way, our legs gave way, our minds gave way and Arkansas-Pine Bluff started running, so hats off to them. “

Junior Lola Pendande heads for the basket in Miami's 78-65 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, December 6th at the Watsco Center.
Junior Lola Pendande heads for the basket in Miami’s 78-65 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, December 6th at the Watsco Center. Photo credit: Josh Halper

Freshman Guard Yeah, leah Williams, in the meantime, 14 points added, arranged from seven assists and has logged six thefts. The PThe Ompano Beach native dropped a field goal before hitting a new career high after scoring 15 on Sunday.

Yeah, leah is a great young lady, ”said Meier. “It shows signs of triple-double-type potential. If she beats the pull-up and the three like in this tournament, she will be very special. “

Down through 23 Points, Arkansas-Pine Bluff carried 11th-0 Scoring run from the third to the fourth quarter. Center Khadijah Brown scored a shot in the paint, cutting the Hurricanes’ lead to 12. Brown scored all six of her points in the final third.

There were still eight and a half minutes on the clock, but Miami did not lose its comfortable lead. Marshall and Williams each responded with a transition basket and Marshall then dumped the last 3-pointer of the afternoon’s hurricanes, the fifth of 22 attempts.

Four hurricanes were tacked with two fouls, and Oberwache Karla Erjavec a total of three. Four became the freshman guard Lashae Dwyer. accused and junior striker Lola Hangingwho scored 11 points in 15 minutes.

Freshman Ja'Leah Williams shoots a shot from inside the suit during Miami's win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, December 6th at the Watsco Center.  Williams recorded 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists during the game.
Freshman Ja’Leah Williams shoots a shot from inside the suit during Miami’s win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, December 6th at the Watsco Center. Williams recorded 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists during the game. Photo credit: Josh Halper

Apart from misfires on every field goal in the final 2:46, UM completed the Miami Holiday Classic with a sweep to get 22-7 in the tournament in the Katie Meier era.

“I think this schedule without conferences was so challenging,” said Meier. “I believe Arkansas-Pine Bluff is an NCAA [Tournament] Team; I think you will win your conference. Tulane is a postseason team, most likely also an NCAA team. “

Miami still stands outside of thise Associated Press Top 25 poll, not received Voices Monday. The Hurricanes will next greet Robert Morris the Horizon League on Sunday. The tip-off is set at 1:00 p.m.

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