BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Chanivia Broussard had 14 of her 22
points in the second half, and Miami's 8-0 closing run gave the
Hurricanes (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) a 65-56 victory Saturday over Virginia Tech (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP).
Tamara James made a 3-pointer to give the Hurricanes (18-4, 7-4
Big East) a 57-54 lead. Kerri Gardin responded with a layup for the
Hokies (17-6, 6-6) with 3:11 left, but Virginia Tech went scoreless
the rest of the way.
Shaquana Wilkins made a layup and Miami converted six free
throws in the final minute, including 4-for-4 from Broussard to
seal the game. Broussard finished 10-for-10 from the free throw
After Miami trailed by as many as five points in the second
half, Yolanda McCormick made a 3-pointer to cap an 11-5 run and
give the Hurricanes a 45-44 lead with 10:12 remaining. In all, the
game had four lead changes and was tied six times.
James scored 14 points and Melissa Knight added 11 for the
Hurricanes, who led 30-28 at the half. Wilkins had 11 rebounds.
Gardin paced the Hokies with 13 points and 14 rebounds, but
Virginia Tech shot 30.6 percent compared to 45.8 percent for the
Hurricanes. Ieva Kublina added 11 points and Erin Gibson 10 for the