Adrienne Motley scored 15 points and the University of Miami pulled away from Wake Forest in the second half en route to a 72-64 win at the BankUnited Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Hurricanes (14-13, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) took control of the game with a 10-0 run late in the second period to beat the Demon Deacons (14-13, 5-9) for the second time this season.
That was just a really gritty, hard-fought game, Miami coach Katie Meier said. I think both teams had specific things they needed to do in order to win.
The Hurricanes forced 27 turnovers, including 19 steals the most of any ACC team in conference play this season.
Seven different Hurricanes recorded a steal and Motley and Maria Brown led with four apiece.
Keyona Hayes added 12 for Miami and Suriya McGuire contributed 11.
The Hurricanes trailed by four going into halftime, but finished the first half on a 6-0 run and carried that momentum into the second half. The lead went back-and-forth for most of the second period until Miamis defense held Wake Forest without a point for a three-minute stretch just past the midway point. During that span, the Hurricanes went from trailing 53-52 to leading 62-53.
The Hurricanes only hit three three-pointers in the game, but they were timely. At the front end of Miamis 10-0 run it was Krystal Saunders who sank a long ball to extend Miamis lead to five and shift the momentum in UMs direction.
Miami once again got scoring production off the bench, including 13 of its 32 points at the half. Necole Sterlings nine points marks the first time this season that the junior has scored more than points in three consecutive games.