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March 26, 2010
CORAL GABLES - The University of Miami women's basketball team (20-13) used a huge first half and big defensive plays late, in its third round WNIT victory over the North Carolina A&T Aggies (23-11), Thursday night at the BankUnited Center by an 84-77 score.
With both team's offenses pouring in points, it was a pair of back-to-back defensive plays from freshman Morgan Stroman that sealed the victory for the Hurricanes.
A four-time South Carolina State Champion in high school, Stroman stole an entry pass into the post and went coast-to-coast for the layup. She was fouled on the play and sank the free throw, pushing the Miami lead to 77-69 with 2:37 remaining.
The very next Aggie possession resulted in a Crystal Murdaugh jumper that was swatted away by Stroman. After collecting the rebound, she fired a full court pass to a streaking Charmaine Clark, who finished the easy layup.
The 'Canes were able to milk the clock from that point on and sank 5-of-6 free throws in the final minutes, for the final score.
Riquna Williams led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 6-of10 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range.
Fellow sophomore, Shenise Johnson scored 20 points of her own, grabbing eight rebounds along the way. The first team All-ACC selection also added six assists and three steals. Johnson fell just two points shy of reaching the 1,000 point plateau in just her second season.
Miami's seniors have had huge games in each postseason contest and Thursday night was no different. Charmaine Clark scored 14 points, dished out a game-high seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. The Hinesville, Ga. native has scored in double-figures in each WNIT game.
Diane Barnes scored 10 points and was just two rebounds shy of collecting her eighth double-double of the season with eight rebounds. Stroman had a game-high four steals and in addition to her defense, scored 12 points.
North Carolina A&T had three players of its own score in double-figures, led by Jaleesa Sams' 20 points. Ta'Wuana Cook scored 16, while Amber Calvin added 13.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapins fell, 77-64, in the Women's National Invitation Tournament Third Round to Providence Thursday night. Maryland finishes the year with its sixth straight 20-plus win season at 21-13.
Senior Lori Bjork drew first blood with a jumper a minute and a half in to the game. It was matched by a bucket from Providence's Brittany Dorsey but a jumper from freshman Dara Taylor pulled the Terps back in to the lead. Bjork again penetrated the basket with a layup helping her team to a 6-4 lead.
Maryland did what they do best and continued to outrebound the Friars. Sophomore center Lynetta Kizer registered seven in the first half, leading all players. The Terps have outmuscled all but four opponents under the basket this season and lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding margin (+9.3).
Three Terps finished in double figures for the 12th time this season. Hawkins led the way with 14 points, Bjork had 13 and Kizer added 10. Kizer also recorded her 19th career double-double and 10th on the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds.