CORAL GABLES, Fla. – UNCG got a season- and game-high 19 points from Amanda Leigh and put a scare into Miami for the first 30 minutes of play, but the Hurricanes pulled away midway through the second half to win the title game of their own Mayfair Hotel and Spa Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday, 78-60.
Leigh was 5-for-10 from 3-point range for the contest, running her career total to 124 made 3s and passing UNCG assistant coach ChoRhonda Gwaltney (1997-2001) for fourth place on UNCG's career list.
Riquna Williams scored 18 points to pace five in double figures for the Hurricanes (5-1). Tournament MVP Morgan Stroman had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Shenise Johnson had 15 points and 10 boards. Sylvia Bullock had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Stefanie Yderstrom had 10 points as all five starters reached double digits.
UNCG trailed just 39-36 at the half thanks to Leigh's hot shooting from behind the arc, and the Spartans would tie the contest on a Leigh 3 that made it 41-all with 18:05 to play. The teams would trade buckets a couple of times, with Floyd's jumper knotting things at 45 with 16:51 to play, but Miami was about to pull away.
The Hurricanes rattled off a quick 8-0 run before layups from Floyd and Leigh cut it to four at 53-49 with 13:15 to play, but a 3-pointer from Johnson kicked off a 13-2 Miami run that put the Hurricanes on top 66-51 and ahead by double digits for the first time on the evening.
A free throw from Stevenson and a Brey Dorsett layup got it back to 13 points, but Miami would hold the Spartans scoreless for nearly three minutes as it continued to pull away. The Hurricanes led by as many as 22 late.
UNCG shot just 29 percent in the second half, going 9-for-31 from the floor.
The Spartans gave UM all it could handle in the first half, scoring the game's first points and never trailing by more than eight. UNCG would cut it back to two points three times late in the half, twice on Leigh 3-pointers, and a pair of Colleen Nosovitch free throws made it 39-36 heading into the break.
Leigh had six rebounds to round out a solid day, while Floyd dished out five assists.
UM held a massive advantage in the paint, outscoring the Spartans there, 42-14.
Leigh averaged 15.5 points in the two games to earn all-tournament honors, while Stevenson averaged 9.5 rebounds in the two games and turned in her first career double-double in Friday's win over Eastern Illinois.
UNCG held the Hurricanes more than eight points below their season scoring average on the night. UM came into the game scoring 86.2 points per game. The 78 points were a season low for Miami.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday at Morgan State in Baltimore, Md. Opening tip is set for 3 p.m.
Mayfair Hotel and Spa Thanksgiving Tournament All-Tournament Team
Lyrell Barfield, Florida Atlantic
Mariah King, Eastern Illinois
Amanda Leigh, UNCG
Janae' Stevenson, UNCG
Shenise Johnson, Miami
Morgan Stroman, Miami (MVP)
MIAMI 78, UNCG 60
Amanda Leigh 7-16 0-0 19; Monique Floyd 5-11 2-4 12; Sidnei Harmon 3-4 0-0 7; Janae' Stevenson 1-5 4-10 6; Dayshaun Richbow 2-7 0-0 4; Jazz Weaver 1-5 2-2 4; Kendra Smith 2-8 0-0 4; Colleen Nosovitch 0-0 2-2 2; Brey Dorsett 1-2 0-0 2; Amy Clapper 0-1 0-0 0; Nneka Awuruonye 0-2 0-2 0; Breonna Patterson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 10-20 60.
Riquna Williams 4-16 9-10 18; Shenise Johnson 6-17 2-3 15; Morgan Stroman 7-15 1-1 15; Sylvia Bullock 4-5 4-6 12; Stefanie Yderstrom 4-8 0-0 10; Maria Brown 1-4 1-2 3; Krystal Saunders 1-4 0-0 3; Shanel Williams 0-1 2-4 2; Selina Archer 0-1 0-0 0; Stephanie Gardner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-71 19-26 78.
UNCG.......................... 36 24 - 60
Miami......................... 39 39 - 78
3-point goals--UNCG 6-17 (Amanda Leigh 5-10; Sidnei Harmon 1-1; Jazz Weaver 0-1; Kendra Smith 0-5), Miami 5-18 (Stefanie Yderstrom 2-5; Krystal Saunders 1-2; Shenise Johnson 1-2; Riquna Williams 1-8; Morgan Stroman 0-1). Fouled out--UNCG-None, Miami-None. Rebounds--UNCG 45 (Janae' Stevenson 9), Miami 51 (Sylvia Bullock 10; Shenise Johnson 10). Assists--UNCG 9 (Monique Floyd 5), Miami 14 (Sylvia Bullock 4). Total fouls--UNCG 17, Miami 18. Technical fouls--UNCG-None, Miami-None. A-920
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