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
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
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.