Cannes same season series at Winston-Salem


Thursday night was one of the most important nights of the season for the Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team under head coach Katie Meier. Facing a team the Canes lost to earlier in the season, Miami went on the road and won 66-59 over Wake Forest to end their ACC road trip with a 2-1 record. The win comes after a crushing loss to Boston College.

The Hurricanes (11-7, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) were led by 16 points from graduate guard Kelsey Marshall, as well as 13 points from senior redshirt forward Destiny Harden, who also had seven rebounds. Marshall added three assists and four rebounds for a Hurricane team that shot 44% from the field for the game.

Miami led 32-29 at halftime, but a strong third quarter from Wake Forest (12-9, 2-8 ACC) gave the Demon Deacons a lead heading into the final period. The Hurricanes overturned the steam in fourth, beating Wake Forest 22-13 to close out the game. Miami managed to knock down its free throws in the fourth, hitting eight straight from the charity strip, with six marks coming from freshman guard Ja’Leah Williams.

“She won it on the line for us,” Meier said. “It has traditionally been no more than 60% [free-throw] shooter and she walked to the line. Her and [Harden] makes very big free throws.

Williams showed immeasurable development throughout the season, going from a role player off the bench to a starter throughout her first season with the Hurricanes. The South Florida native finished the night with eight points, four assists and three steals, along with a career-high 10 rebounds in a gallant effort for the Canes on the road.

Meier also praised senior guard Karla Erjavec for her phenomenal play lately. The transfer from Wyoming had eight points and finished with a team-high four assists, as well as four rebounds for the Hurricanes, who outscored Wake Forest 40-35.

“Let me tell you who has played so well for us, Karla Erjavec,” Meier said.

The Demon Deacons were led by junior forward Olivia Summiel and ACC leading scorer Jewel Spear, who both had 14 points. Spear finished the night nearly three points below her season average as the Hurricanes defense managed to slow down the Wake Forest star.

“If we deal with the rebound from the back like we did in the fourth quarter, people don’t score a lot on us,” Meier said.

Next, the Hurricanes will look to advance their conference record above .500 against one of the best rebounding teams in the nation in No. 5 Louisville. Tipping is due Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Watsco Center.

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