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Miami Takes Down Clemson for First ACC Win

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Miami Takes Down Clemson for First ACC Win

CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team earned its first ACC win of the season on Thursday when it downed the Clemson Tigers (6-10, 0-5 ACC), 69-60, at Littlejohn Coliseum. Three Canes scored in double-figures, paced by junior Lola Pendande at 16 points.

“I’m really proud of this team,” head coach Katie Meier said. “It was a game of adjustments. We won a big-time game and stayed composed, so I’m really happy with the outcome.”

The Hurricanes (8-5, 1-2 ACC) shot a season-best 52.6 percent from the field, knocking down 30-of-57 shots. Four Canes shot better than 50 percent from the field, including Pendande who hit 7-of-8 (.875) in the game.

For the sixth time this season, Miami forced its opponent into 20-plus turnovers, pressuring Clemson to turn the ball over 21 times. The Canes capitalized on the extra offensive opportunities, tallying 30 points off turnovers.

Graduate students Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Destiny Harden joined Pendande in double-figures with 13 and 10, respectively, while freshman Jasmyne Roberts led the Canes on the boards, hauling in seven rebounds in the contest.

“There is no greater compliment than being needed and there is no greater feeling than coming through when someone says, ‘I need you,’” Meier said. “In this game, I think of [Jasmyne] Roberts, who was just incredible. She hustled and battled and came through.”

It was an offensive show to start the game as both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first quarter. Five different players scored in the frame for the Canes, paced by Pendande who tallied five in the first quarter. While the team’s traded baskets for much of the quarter, Clemson’s Amari Robinson knocked down a jumper as time expired in the frame to put the Tigers ahead, 18-16.

The second quarter featured four lead changes as the teams continued to battle it out in Littlejohn Coliseum. Miami retook the lead at the 6:36 mark of the second quarter when senior Karla Erjavec drained a 3-point shot to make it 21-20 in favor of the Canes. With three minutes left before halftime, Roberts sparked a 9-2 run for Miami, accounting for seven of the nine points in the final minutes of the first half.

Miami came out of the locker room aggressive on offense, embarking on a 13-4 run to start the third quarter. The Canes found their success in the paint, tallying 16 of their 27 points inside in the third. As a team, Miami shot 63.2 percent from the field in the frame, with three Canes tallying perfect shooting percentages in the third – Harden (3-of-3), Pendande (2-of-2) and Kelsey Marshall (1-of-1).

Pendande added four points in the fourth quarter to bring her game total to 16, while freshman Ja’Leah Williams tallied four points of her own en route to Miami’s 69-60 victory over Clemson.


Miami returns home for two games in three days, taking on No. 15/16 Georgia Tech on Sunday and No. 16/21 Duke on Tuesday. Both games will tipoff at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s game airing on ACC Network and Tuesday’s game streaming on ACC Network Extra.

Single-game and season tickets for the 2021-22 women’s basketball season are on sale now and can be purchased here.

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Heat rally falls short in 110-108 loss to Hawks

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An exhilarating rally fell just short of a memorable road victory, as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat ran a perfectly executed play that could have been the game winner against the host Atlanta Hawks. Instead, Butler’s close shot rolled off the rim and the Hawks held on for the 110-108 victory Friday night.

Miami only held a brief lead seconds into the game but Atlanta controlled most of the game until they nearly fell apart in the final six minutes. Duncan Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a big 3-pointer that had them within six points with three minutes remaining and another that trimmed the lead to just one point with less than a minute remaining.

Young’s two free throws gave Atlanta their biggest lead of the night at 18 points near the end of the third quarter, but Miami showed resilience to get so frustratingly close to stealing the win. Unfortunately the Heat ran out of time with the margin of error so razor thin and every play needing to be executed perfectly. After two Butler free throws and Robinson’s 3 cut the deficit to one point, Butler curled off a screen at the top of the key and seemingly had the easy alley-oop basket that didn’t go in. Young split a pair of free throws, giving the Heat another opportunity to tie it or take the lead but the play went nowhere fast, ending with Butler missing a difficult 3-point shot attempt in the corner and Max Strus missing a fallaway putback jumper.

Even though they were outscored 34-22 in the final quarter, Atlanta held on to secure their third straight home victory and avoided losing to Miami for the third time in less than two weeks. Young scored 28 points and went 12-15 from the free throw line — earning more free throw attempts than the Heat as a team.

Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both were unavailable and PJ Tucker injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

Adebayo had another strong game, leading his team with 21 points while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing five assists. Max Strus scored 15 points off the bench, all in the first half. Butler contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Gabe Vincent started once again and scored 14 points and had nine assists.

The loss drops the Heat to third in the East, just percentage points behind the Chicago Bulls, who lost to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Both teams are now half a game behind the Brooklyn Nets.

Miami returns home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 6:00pm on NBA TV.

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Video: Trae Young talks trash to Bam Adebayo, proceeds to break Duncan Robinson ankles and sink 3

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  • Updated: January 21, 2022

Bam Adebayo and Trae Young

The Miami Heat are looking to continue their ascent in the Eastern Conference standings tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.

At one point, big man Bam Adebayo talked trash to Hawks star Trae Young, and shortly afterward, Young responded by putting a move on Duncan Robinson.

Bam Adebayo talking trash to Trae Young, here’s what Trae did in response: pic.twitter.com/oAX5uGVWhb

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 22, 2022

Adebayo recently returned after missing several weeks due to a thumb injury. Needless to say, he is a major part of Miami’s championship aspirations.

The Heat are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the top spot in the East, but the Bulls hold the tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, the Hawks, just one season removed from a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, are sputtering with a 19-25 record.

Young is having a banner season, as he’s averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game. His efficiency from the field has also improved significantly compared to last season.

As of this writing, the Heat are trailing the Hawks by a sizable margin in the fourth quarter. With Chicago battling the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, Miami has a great opportunity to perhaps take over first place in the conference.

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Swim & Dive Hosts FGCU on Senior Day this Saturday

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MIAMI (Jan. 21, 2022) – The FIU women’s swimming and diving team hosts its last home dual-meet of the season this Saturday, Jan. 22, when the Panthers welcome FGCU to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center on Senior Day.


 


The Panthers and Eagles are set to begin competition at 11 a.m. ET.

FIU will honor its nine seniors before the meet with the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.


 

FOLLOW LIVE


A live stream will be available via the FIU Athletics Facebook page. Live results can also be tracked via the Meet Mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android users.


 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


The meet will run the standard 16 event format including two relays, 12 individual swimming events, as well as the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. The order of events is as follows:

200 Medley Relay


3m Diving (Will run concurrently with swimming)


1000 Freestyle


200 Freestyle


100 Backstroke


100 Breaststroke


200 Butterfly


50 Freestyle


1m Diving

20-minute break


100 Freestyle


200 Backstroke


200 Breaststroke


500 Freestyle


100 Butterfly


400 Individual Medley


200 Freestyle Relay


 

MEET PREVIEW


FIU enters the competition with a 4-1 overall record in dual meets this year. In their last head-to-head competition, the Panthers defeated Marshall by a score of 178-122 (Dec. 17). Saturday’s contest will mark the second time FIU sees FGCU this season. Back on Nov. 6, FIU defeated FGCU on the road by a score of 189.5 to 110.5. 

The Eagles have competed in three dual meets this season and dropped all of them, owning a 0-3 record on the year. Besides the result against FIU, the Eagles were also defeated by the Miami Hurricanes (100-198) and Vanderbilt (143-151).   

FIU holds a four-meet win streak in dual contests against FGCU dating back to the 2018-19 season.


 

UP NEXT


The Panthers hit the road next Saturday, Jan. 29, for a dual-meet against Conference USA foe FAU. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET in Boca Raton.

SOCIAL MEDIA


Get all the latest information on the team by following on Twitter (@FIUSwimDive), Facebook @FIUSwimmingandDiving) and on Instagram (@FIUSwimDive). General athletic news can also be found at @FIUSports on Facebook and @FIUAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.


 

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