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

resilient group.”

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

layups.

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

10.”

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

team.”