No. 9 Miami 92, Longwood 43

A 20-hour trip from Alaska failed to affect No. 9 Miami.

Still shaking off jet-lag from their return home early Saturday

morning, the Hurricanes wore down Longwood in a 92-43 rout Sunday

afternoon.

Shenise Johnson scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and had six

assists to lead the Hurricanes (5-1). Morgan Stroman finished with

20 points, shooting 8 of 10 from the field.

”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.”

The Hurricanes, who defeated Alaska Anchorage and South Florida

in the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 23 and 24, dealt with a return

flight to Coral Gables that was plagued by delays before takeoff

and subsequent flight connections.

”It was chaotic, we were on the plane for two hours figuring

out when we were going to leave,” Johnson said. ”I thought we did

a great job of not complaining. Coach did a great job of keeping us

calm. We were going to get home at some point.”

Longwood (1-5) could not capitalize.

The Hurricanes kept the Lancers scoreless for a 7:54 stretch of

the first half and built a 48-22 lead with 2:01 remaining. Stroman

scored six consecutive points on fast-break layups during the

stretch.

”I knew once I had the ball I could beat my defender so I just

ran out in front,” Stroman said.

Miami 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.

Miami had 20 steals and forced 28 Longwood turnovers and

increased its home winning streak to 27.

”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.”

Mina Jovanic scored 12 points to lead the Lancers.

”They were much better than us,” Longwood coach Bill Reinson

said. ”We couldn’t stop them in transition. We didn’t quit and

fought down to the end. We continued to make plays. I feel we can

build from this game.”

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 in the next 5:43.

Brittani Billups’ layup with 8:39 remaining ended the run and got

the Lancers within eight at 30-22.