Here’s a recap of what’s going on in the Miami sports world…
After wins over Virginia and Clemson, the No. 16 ‘Canes lost 83-70 to the No. 13 Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C.
Guard Adrienne Motley’s season-high 23 points couldn’t secure a win on the road for Miami. Even a six-minute long 14-0 run bridging the first and second quarters proved surmountable. A plus-four first half turnover differential was rendered moot. Duke led 32-31 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way.
Heading in to the Duke game, Miami dismantled the Clemson Tigers to the tune of 81-57 at Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
Miami guard Laura Cornerlius gave the ‘Canes a 12-point, 25-13, first quarter lead with a buzzer-beating three-pointer. They picked up right where they left off in the second quarter, building a 48-30 halftime lead behind a gaudy 58.1 percent shooting rate. The 48 points and 58.1 percent clip tied first-half season highs, according Hurricane Sports.
The bottom fell out on Clemson’s offense in the third quarter as they managed a mere four points. The game was never in doubt for Miami.
The same can be said about their win against the Virginia Cavaliers prior to the Clemson game.
Miami held the Cavaliers scoreless to start the game for almost four minutes en route to a 63-52 win. Senior Keyona Hayes led the ‘Canes with 14 points as she topped 1,000 points in her college career. Her 13 rebounds completed a double-double while helping her secure 700 career college rebounds. I wonder how many ‘Canes ladies are in the 1,000-700 club…
Virginia was outscored by the ‘Canes in every stanza with the exception of the offensively gear-grinding second quarter, which saw the two teams combine for 11 points.
The next task for Miami is a bout against Virginia Tech tonight at 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
Swimming and Diving
Day 1 of ACC Swimming and Diving Championships:
Two ‘Canes divers came away with silver medals. Briadam Herrera won silver in the men’s 1-meter. His final round score was 418.65. Marcela Marić took silver in the 3-meter 363.50 final round score. Marić dove for her native Croatia in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The swimming team didn’t have as much luck.
Miami placed 10th in the 200 freestyle relay. Senior Christina Leander, senior Julia Schippert, freshman Iliana Oikonomou and freshman Manon Viguier finished in 1:41.41. The 800 freestyle relay finished ninth at 7:12.82. Viguier, sophomore Ianire Casarin, senior Angela Algee and junior Julie Suarez raced for the ‘Canes.
Day 2 :
Another day, another silver. Miami’s Wally Layland won silver in the women’s 1-meter dive after finishing first in the preliminaries.
Not much to say on the swimming side of things. No ‘Cane individual or team placed in an “A” final or top 5 team final.
Herrera won his second silver medal of the championships. This time it came in the 3-meter finals.
Results for the swimming team were comparable to day two of the event.
Diver David Dinsmore (the new Triple-D?) crushed the competition in the men’s platform final, beating the second place finisher (from FSU, take that!) by 110 points with a final score of 517.65. The score also set a pool record, according to Hurricane Sports.
Dinsmore’s first two dives netted perfect scores.
Alex Goldman is a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. He is currently the Sports Editor of distractionmagazine.com. He’s a Northern California native and loves snowboarding, writing, and above all the Green Bay Packers.