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Miami 79, Vanderbilt 57

12/29/2003

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Yalonda McCormick scored a career-high
28 points to help unbeaten Miami upset No. 24 Vanderbilt 79-57
Monday night in the championship game of the Hurricanes' Holiday
Classic.

McCormick made 11 of 15 shots and added four assists and four
steals for Miami (11-0), which further extended the program's
best-ever start. The Hurricanes forced 25 turnovers, leading to 37
of their points.

Chanivia Broussard had 18 points, five steals and three blocks,
while Shaquana Wilkins had 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds
for the Hurricanes.

Reserve Carla Thomas shot 7-for-8 and led Vanderbilt (10-1) with
18 points, but her teammates combined to shoot only 29.8 percent
(14-for-47) in the game.

Jenni Benningfield had 17 points and Abi Ramsey scored 12 for
Vanderbilt, which entered the AP Top 25 on Monday for the first
time this season and were off to their best start in eight years.
It was just the second game of the season for Ramsey, suspended for
the first nine after being arrested in November and pleading guilty
to reckless driving.

The game pitted two of the last seven remaining unbeaten women's
teams in Division I.

Miami scored the game's first six points and never trailed.
Thomas' 3-point play with 17:47 left brought Vanderbilt to 40-35,
but the Hurricanes responded with a 17-7 run over the next seven
minutes and were never threatened again.

McCormick, whose previous career-high was 20 points against
Rutgers last season, had eight points during that burst, plus a
pair of assists. Miami's lead grew to as many as 28 points late in
the game.