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  #5 Miami 45, #12 Virginia Tech 39
Canes Prevail in Defensive Struggle
March 7, 2013

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

Miami's Shawnice Wilson Miami's Shawnice Wilson led the Canes with 17 points in their 45-39 first round victory over Virginia Tech.
Photo by Orin Day (more below!)

The Nutshell: Miami held Virginia Tech to an ACC tournament record-low 8 points in the first half but had to survive a frantic comeback in the second half to advance to the quarterfinals. After being down by as many as 15 points, the Hokies pulled within 3 points with about six minutes to go in the game, thanks to some huge baskets by Alyssa Fenyn, Uju Ugoka and Monet Tellier. Miami coach Katie Meier noted that when you play a team three teams (including last weekend), it's hard to surprise anyone. Virginia Tech clogged the paint and prevented Miami's penetrating guards from going to the basket. They also did a fine job of preventing entry passes into the post. VT simply couldn't score, as they missed several layups and had a couple of jump shots spin in and pop out. Miami's bench scored 10 points in the first half to give Miami a 13 point lead before VT's defense actually started leading to points. When they pulled within 3 points, Meier pulled out a couple of new wrinkles and was able to get the ball to 6-6 Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson on back-to-back plays, resulting in 5 straight points. VT kept hanging around until Stefanie Yderstrom, mired in a terrible shooting performance, drained a 30-foot jumper with the shot clock running down. Miami hit their foul shots down the stretch and used their dominance on the boards (45-30) to prevent the Hokies from getting a lot of second chances. Indeed, the Hokies had 0 offensive rebounds in the first half, and they turned their 8 second-half offensive rebounds into 8 points, so stopping second shots was crucial. Miami will now go on to play Florida State while Virginia Tech finishes their season at 10-20.

Top Performers:

  1. Pepper Wilson, Miami. 17 points, 8 rebounds. She was the one player VT couldn't stop.

  2. Alyssa Fenyn, VT. 10 points, 3 rebounds. In her final collegiate game, she was incredibly emotional as VT went on their comeback.

  3. Morgan Stroman, Miami. 8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists. She had an off-game shooting but played superb defense.

Why Miami Won: The Canes dominated the boards and had a 20-8 edge in points in the paint. In a game where neither team could knock down a jump shot with any regularity, getting easy points was a priority. That was also reflected in Miami's 22 free throw attempts.

Why Virginia Tech Lost: The fact that the Hokies don't have a lot of shotmakers is not new news. The real reason they couldn't complete their comeback is that they simply didn't have anyone who could prevent Pepper Wilson from catching the ball and finishing around the basket.

The Game Turned When...: Stefanie Yderstrom hit a buzzer-beating three with 2:36 left in the game when Tech had pulled within 4 points. That gave Miami some much-needed breathing room down the stretch and deflated the hard-charging Hokies.

X-Factor: Miami's bench. When both Pepper Wilson and Stefanie Yderstrom were out of the game with two fouls in the first half, Michelle Woods, Maria Brown and frosh Keyona Hayes stepped up in a big way. Woods was one of the few players who was able to penetrate VT's collapsing defense and played tremendous defense. Brown hit a huge jump shot and picked up 3 steals. Hayes hit a big jumper when nothing else was working for the U.

Areas For Improvement: Miami has to find a way to get better shots for Stroman and Yderstrom while not forgetting that Wilson is a matchup problem for most teams.

Ramifications: Virginia Tech's long, painful and disjointed season is over. They'll return Tellier and Ugoka and add some more pieces, but until they get dynamic point guard play, they'll have trouble competing at a high level. For Miami, this win all but ensures that they'll make the NCAA tournament. They now get a third shot at arch-rival Florida State for a chance to improve their resume'.

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Link to this Photo Dee Kantner tells the best jokes  - MIA Players: #12 Krystal Saunders
Dee Kantner tells the best jokes
 
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Link to this Photo Opening Tip  - VT Players: #22 Porschia Hadley - MIA Tags: #33 Suriya McGuire
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Link to this Photo A second opening tip, first went out of bounds!  - VT Players: #22 Porschia Hadley - MIA Tags: #33 Suriya McGuire
A second opening tip, first went out of bounds!
 
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Link to this Photo McGuire was beat up in this game  - MIA Players: Head Coach Katie Meier, #33 Suriya McGuire
McGuire was beat up in this game
 
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Link to this Photo Tellier draws a foul, Yderstrom spent most of the first half on the bench  - VT Players: #31 Monet Tellier - MIA Tags: #3 Stefanie Yderstrom
Tellier draws a foul, Yderstrom spent most of the first half on the bench
 
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Link to this Photo Ugoka didn't warm up until the second half  - VT Players: #14 Uju Ugoka
Ugoka didn't warm up until the second half
 
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Link to this Photo Great shoe choice by McGuire  - MIA Players: #33 Suriya McGuire
Great shoe choice by McGuire
 
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Link to this Photo The shoe blimp is back - room for Pitt and Syracuse logos, apparently
The shoe blimp is back - room for Pitt and Syracuse logos, apparently
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Link to this Photo Hand of friendship  - VT Players: #31 Monet Tellier - MIA Tags: #32 Morgan Stroman
Hand of friendship
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - VT Players: #3 Aerial Wilson
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Link to this Photo Referee Bonita Spence in her final ACC Tournament.
Referee Bonita Spence in her final ACC Tournament.
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Link to this Photo Foul on Tellier  - VT Players: #31 Monet Tellier - MIA Tags: #32 Morgan Stroman
Foul on Tellier
 
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Link to this Photo Mutual hands of friendship  - VT Players: #13 Alyssa Fenyn - MIA Tags: #12 Krystal Saunders
Mutual hands of friendship
 
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Link to this Photo Halftime - looks like VT went for the two point conversion
Halftime - looks like VT went for the two point conversion
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Link to this Photo Thursday morning was elementary school day, we'll have middle schoolers in the house on Friday
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Link to this Photo This was actually after the whistle blew, but it looks good  - VT Players: #22 Porschia Hadley - MIA Tags: #40 Shawnice Wilson
This was actually after the whistle blew, but it looks good
 
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Link to this Photo Several of Virginia Tech's players wore Play4Kay socks  - VT Players: #4 Hannah Young
Several of Virginia Tech's players wore Play4Kay socks
 
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Link to this Photo McGuire on the bench after getting whacked again  - MIA Players: #33 Suriya McGuire
McGuire on the bench after getting whacked again
 
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Link to this Photo Foul called on Tellier who protested vigorously  - VT Players: #31 Monet Tellier - MIA Tags: #3 Stefanie Yderstrom
Foul called on Tellier who protested vigorously
 
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Link to this Photo Riding other players like a small horse is frowned upon in this establishment  - VT Players: #13 Alyssa Fenyn - MIA Tags: #12 Krystal Saunders
Riding other players like a small horse is frowned upon in this establishment
 
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Link to this Photo Key Play: Yderstrom three with two to shoot gives Miami a 38-31 lead.
Key Play: Yderstrom three with two to shoot gives Miami a 38-31 lead.
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - VT Players: #14 Uju Ugoka
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Link to this Photo With 1:09 left this was a stupid foul, but amazingly Fenyn missed both free throws  - VT Players: #13 Alyssa Fenyn - MIA Tags: #10 Michelle Woods
With 1:09 left this was a stupid foul, but amazingly Fenyn missed both free throws
 
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Link to this Photo Stroman returned the favor by missing three free throws in the final minute, fitting for this struggle of a game  - MIA Players: #32 Morgan Stroman
Stroman returned the favor by missing three free throws in the final minute, fitting for this struggle of a game
 
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Link to this Photo Pepper made three of four three throws in the last minute to help seal the Miami victory  - MIA Players: #40 Shawnice Wilson
Pepper made three of four three throws in the last minute to help seal the Miami victory
 
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Link to this Photo Miami wins 45-39 and advances to face Florida State in Friday's 11 AM ACC quarterfinal  - VT Players: Head Coach Dennis Wolff - MIA Tags: Head Coach Katie Meier
Miami wins 45-39 and advances to face Florida State in Friday's 11 AM ACC quarterfinal
 
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