Thousands of excited, squealing elementary schoolchildren were at the Watsco Center on Thursday for a rare morning game between the University of Miami women’s basketball team and fourth-ranked Louisville. The kids brought homemade posters for their favorite Hurricane players, and cheered their hearts out, but the Cardinals proved too much to handle.
Louisville beat UM 84-74 on the shoulders of senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen, who poured in 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting and had a game-high 11 rebounds. She became the second player in program history to surpass 1,000 career rebounds. Forward Sam Fuehring added 17 points for the Cards.
The Hurricanes were able to contain Asia Durr, the third-leading scorer in the ACC, who went 1-for-7 and tied her season-low with seven points in 31 minutes — far below her average of 20 points per game.
“Total credit to them,” said UM coach Katie Meier. “Hines-Allen is just a beast. She earns all her points. Nothing’s soft, nothing’s easy for that kid. At the start of the game, she was throwing us around like rag dolls. … Even though we shut down Durr, Shenise Bailey did a great job on Durr, but there’s another head to the two-headed monster and that that was Hines-Allen. She had her way with us. But nothing easy. She had to work for that stat line.”
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Miami was led by junior Emese Hof, who was battling the flu. The junior forward/center came off the bench and put up 20 points. UM’s 5-4 freshman guard Mykea Gray scored 13 points and had four assists. Kelsey Marshall added 11 points and senior Erykah Davenport had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Cardinals (21-1, 7-1 ACC) were looking to bounce back after losing their only game to Florida State. They dominated the paint on Thursday, outrebounding the Canes 37-25. They also outshot UM 55 percent to 40 percent.
Hines-Allen said it was encouraging to see the team win even with Durr having an off-day. “That’s why we play a team sport, don’t want all the pressure on her. But we will keep encouraging her. We’re going to need her. Everyone plays their part. I know she’ll be in the gym tonight working on her shot.”
UM fell to 14-7 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. Louisville bettered its record to 21-1 and 7-1 in the conference. The Hurricanes are on the road at Virginia Tech on Sunday.