7:00 PM ET, February 14, 2005
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Billie McDowell scored 26 points, helping North Carolina State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) defeat Miami 71-68 Monday night to give coach Kay Yow a win in her 900th career game with the Wolfpack.McDowell made nine of 14 shots, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range for State (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won for the fifth time in its last six games. Yow's career record is 614-286. Tiffany Stansbury added 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Wolfpack, who held on despite 61.9-percent shooting in the second half by Miami (12-12, 4-7). Tamara James had 23 points and Yalonda McCormick 20 for the Hurricanes, who had won two straight. Imani Dhahabu added 15 points for Miami, which was outrebounded 35-25 and committed 22 turnovers that turned into 35 State points. Marquetta Dickens added 14 points and seven rebounds for State, which shot only 42.4 percent compared to 58 percent by Miami. But the Wolfpack made up for that by holding a commanding 19-5 edge in offensive rebounds -- and a 22-7 advantage in second-chance points. Yow became the fifth coach in Division I history to coach 900 games at the same school, joining Texas' Jody Conradt, Tennessee's Pat Summitt, LSU's Sue Gunter and Kansas' Marian Washington.