Miami coach Katie Meier joked that she doesn’t like wasting timeouts, yet with her team holding a 22-point lead in the second half Thursday, she did just that. It wasn’t like she was going to use them all anyway.
With 7:46 left in yet another home blowout victory, Meier called timeout after senior Stefanie Yderstrom scored her 1,000th career point.
There were no streamers and no balloons to signify the milestone, so Meier calling time to get the team together would have to do.
“It was really fun for her to get that,” Meier said after Miami’s 78-56 win over Clemson at BankUnited Center. “I don’t use my timeouts all that much so I told her, ‘I burned one for ya, honey, so we could celebrate that.’ It was a great moment.”
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Yderstrom’s layup gave her 18 points for the game, making her Miami’s second-leading scorer. Yderstrom scored off a pass from fellow senior Morgan Stroman — the 22nd player in UM history to hit the 1,000 point plateau earlier this season against FAU.
On Thursday, Yderstrom became No. 23.
“It means a lot, and I thought it was pretty special that Stro got the assist on it,” said the 5-8 Swedish guard. “I’m very happy to have been a part of this. We have a lot left. We have a long journey left this season. I’m excited to take on more ACC teams and score some more points.”
On Thursday, Miami (11-2, 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed off the opening bucket but never did again.
The Hurricanes were up by as many as 14 in the first half and went into halftime ahead 36-25. Stroman, who had a team-high 20 points, put Miami up 11 with 1:20 left in the half with a nice inside move — giving her two of her team-high 12 points in the half.
The Canes have won four in a row and nine of the past 10 and are definitely enjoying their latest home run. The Hurricanes have won nine in a row at home and 50 of their past 51.
Since beating then-No. 6 Penn State on Nov. 29, the Hurricanes have won their past six home games by an average of 23.2 points.
“When you get a 22-point ACC win,” Meier said, “you’re thrilled. But we were in that locker room talking about things we need to fix, things we need to solve. We need to make adjustments. But this is one of the most special teams I’ve ever coached. They are real honest and real raw. Even though that was a 22-point win, there’s a lot to clean up.”
Miami really opened things up early in the second half and took a 20-point lead when Stroman drove in for an uncontested layup with 14:13 left.
At the nine-minute mark, Maria Brown posted up for her only points of the night to give Miami a 22-point cushion.
Clemson (4-9, 0-2) has lost two in a row after having a modest three-game winning streak halted by North Carolina last weekend.
On Thursday, Clemson didn’t offer many challenges to a Miami team that hopes to return to the Top 25 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls next week.
The Hurricanes play host to Virginia at 1 p.m. on Sunday before hitting the road for a tough two-game stretch against Maryland and Florida State.
Miami has only played two games away from the comforts of home this season. That will soon change.
“We get pretty fired up about playing in some of these ACC arenas as well,” Meier said. “Sometimes our energy is higher based on the road crowd. We get a little chippy.”