The University of Miami women trailed Florida A&M 12-7 eight minutes into the opener of the Miami Holiday Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.
After that, everything changed. Miami (9-3) went on a 26-3 run over the next 81/2 minutes, including one stretch in which the Hurricanes scored 16 consecutive points. Just like that, Miami led 33-15 on its way to an 83-47 romp.
“Our starters just were flat, so we subbed all five and then when we brought the starters back in, I thought that changed the game,” Miami coach Katie Meier said of the slow start and the ensuing run.
“Sometimes it’s a matter of they don’t realize that they’re just playing a little bit shy of 100 percent and then you sit them down. And then they seem to get the message without me having to say much more.”
A big help for Miami in its big first half run was an aggressive defensive approach that pressured Florida A&M (3-7) in the backcourt. Miami forced 16 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and turned them into 22 points.
Michelle Woods led UM with 17 points.