No. 9 Miami 92, Longwood 43
Miami was jet-lagged, Longwood was fresh. The Lancers still
couldn’t keep up with the Hurricanes.
Logwood enjoyed a brief run early in the first half but
eventually lost to the Hurricanes 92-43 Sunday.
”We went and felt we were going to shoot good shots,” Reinson
said. ”We did for the first 25 minutes or so but then we got a bit
tired and they made some easy shots. Give them credit – they’re a
Miami scored 18 unanswered points and built a 48-22 lead with
2:01 remaining in the first half. The Hurricanes kept the Lancers
(1-5) scoreless for a 7:54 stretch during the run. Morgan Stroman
keyed the spurt with six consecutive points on fast-break
The Hurricanes expanded a 50-28 lead at halftime with a 16-4
spurt in the first 5:08 of the second half. Stroman’s two free
throws with 8:34 remaining gave the Hurricanes their first 40-point
lead at 76-35.
Shenise Johnson scored 22 points and Stroman finished with 20
points for Miami (5-1).
”It’s always exciting to come in and play a top 10 team,”
Longwood coach Bill Reinson said. ”The score doesn’t always
indicate what you can get out of it.”
Mina Jovanic scored 12 points to lead the Lancers.
”You play a team of this level you’re down 35-40 points and you
don’t quit,” Reinson said. ”Then you play against a team that
you’re more competitive against and it’s one of those situations
that you battled until the end against a team that’s in the top
The Hurricanes enjoyed a 17-2 run early in the first half.
Krystal Saunders’ basket with 13:22 remaining capped the run and
gave Miami a 25-8 lead.
Longwood rallied and outscored Miami 14-5 the next 5:43.
Brittani Billups’ layup with 8:39 remaining ended the run and got
the Lancers within eight at 30-22.
The Hurricanes, who defeated Alaska Anchorage and South Florida
in the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 23 and 24, dealt with a 20-hour
return flight to Coral Gables that was plagued by delays before
takeoff and subsequent flight connections. The team did not arrive
home until early Saturday morning.
”We handled a very difficult travel situation, getting home at
1:30 in the morning and having practice later,” Miami coach Katie
Meier said. ”Flying through the night, grabbing a nap wherever you
could, I’m really in awe of the maturity of this team. I’m really
proud of them for how they handled it.”
Meier was especially pleased with the Hurricanes’ defensive
performance in the second half.
”I challenged the team at halftime to get their legs underneath
them a little bit on defense,” Meier said. ”We had a goal that we
wanted to hold Longwood under 40. To regroup at halftime and lock
down on a 15-point performance I was very impressed with my