Miami women upset Duke, hand Devils their first ACC loss
Stefanie Yderstrom and Pepper Wilson each scored 16 points, Krystal Saunders added 15 and Miami gave its NCAA tournament resume a serious boost by upsetting No. 5 Duke 69-65 on Thursday night.
Morgan Stroman added 11 for the Hurricanes (19-9, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). Miami had been 0-10 all-time against Duke, where Hurricanes coach Katie Meier starred as a player.
Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters each scored 17 for the Blue Devils (26-2, 16-1), who already have locked up the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. Alexis Jones added 13 for Duke, including a 3-pointer with 49 seconds left to get her team within 67-65.
But Yderstrom used a perfect bounce pass to set Wilson up for an easy score as the shot clock was winding down on the next Miami possession, sealing the win.
And this time, there would be no collapse by the Hurricanes, either.
Miami was tied with Duke at 29-all at halftime of the teams' first meeting this season — one that turned into an 82-43 romp of a victory for the Blue Devils.
No collapse this time, though. Meier leaped for joy as time expired, and the Hurricanes stayed and danced at midcourt long after the halftime buzzer of their home finale.
The win would figure to ensure that Miami won't be at home in the postseason, either: Beating Duke should be enough to get the Hurricanes into the NCAA field, not the WNIT.
And on senior night, it was Yderstrom and Wilson who helped control everything in their last home games.
Yderstrom set up Saunders for a 3-pointer with 13:18 left to put Miami up 49-43. And after Duke got within four later in the half, Yderstrom started calling her own number.
A pair of free throws and a quick 3-pointer gave Yderstrom five points in 25 seconds — pushing Miami's edge to 58-49, and sending many of those on the Hurricanes' bench leaping for joy.
Barely three minutes later, the momentum was all Duke's.
Tricia Liston, who didn't score in the first half, had four quick points and Jones followed with three more, getting the Blue Devils within 58-56 with 6:01 left. But after Saunders blocked Peters' shot in the lane — despite a 7-inch height differential — Yderstrom scored from close range, snapping a Miami drought that lasted more than four minutes and making it a two-possession game once again.
Wilson scored Miami's next six points to extend the lead to 66-60, and the Hurricanes got some help on the last of those buckets. Jones dribbled the ball off McGuire's foot for a turnover, and Wilson made the Blue Devils pay by banking one in with 1:51 remaining.
Miami 69, No. 5 Duke 65
Percentages: FG .473, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Jones 2-3, Jackson 1-2, Wells 0-1, Peters 0-2, Liston 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 7 (Peters 3, Williams 3, Vernerey). Turnovers: 19 (Peters 5, Williams 4, Jones 3, Jackson 2, Liston 2, Johnson 2, Wells). Steals: 4 (Williams 2, Wells, Jackson). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .343, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Yderstrom 3-9, Saunders 2-5, McGuire 0-1, Brown 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Saunders, Hayes, McGuire). Turnovers: 10 (Stroman 4, Woods 2, McGuire, Hayes, Wilson, Brown). Steals: 12 (McGuire 3, Stroman 2, Brown 2, Wilson 2, Yderstrom 2, Hayes). Technical Fouls: None.
A—1,368. Officials—Susan Blauch, Joseph Vaszily, Jules Gallien.