The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team avoided a huge scare from Florida Gulf Coast in front of their home crowd Saturday afternoon. In a clash of the South Florida teams, this game would end up having a “rainy” ending for the Eagles after making it rain early in the game.
After all, it is March Madness for a reason.
It was game of runs in the first quarter between the two teams. Miami took an early 6-4 lead in the game, but Florida Gulf Coast went on a 7-2 run to lead 11-8. But shortly after, Miami went on a 6-0 run to retake the lead at 12-11.
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Miami started to pull away before FGCU went on a 7-0 run, but ultimately took a 28-22 lead into halftime. Florida Gulf Coast entered the game averaging nine three pointers per game (5th in D-1). The “Hurricanes” held them to 2-of-18 shooting from long range. Lock-down defense helped Miami contain the Eagles very early in the game.
Coming out of halftime, Miami took an early 38-27 lead, and we’re clicking on all cylinders. However, the Eagles would not the “Hurricanes” blow them away just yet. They trailed by five heading into the fourth quarter, but took a 56-55 lead with one minute remaining. Miami would go back up by three following two free-throw shots. The lead was 60-57 Miami.
Then, with 7.8 seconds left, Taylor Gradinjan shot a game-tying three, and it looked as if this game was heading into overtime.
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However, Keyona Hayes was not going to let this game go any longer in front of her home crowd, sealing the deal with a wide-open pass for the game winning layup, winning 62-60. It was a perfectly wild finish between the two southern Florida squads.
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The “Hurricanes” will face No. 12 Quinnipiac, who just upset No. 5 Marquette 68-65. Miami is looking to make it to the sweet sixteen for the first time since 1992.
So far there have been more upsets and crazier finishes in the women’s tournament more than the men’s which is pretty darn awesome. The upsets are as follows: No. 9 California upset No. LSU, No. 9 Purdue upset No. 8 Green Bay, No. 12 Quinnipiac upset No. 5 Marquette, No 10 Oregon upset No. 7 Temple, and No. 2 Oregon State defeated No. 15 Long Beach State by only one point.
If you want to see crazy nail-biting finishes head over to ESPN and check out the women. (No, seriously).