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Pendande, Djaldi-Tabdi dazzle in Miami’s first ACC victory of season

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Miami junior forward Lola Pendande had exhibited flashes of leading a frontcourt in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

As the Hurricanes searched for their first conference win, the Utah transfer stepped up to guide Miami to a 69-60 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina, Thursday night.

“I’m really proud of this team,” Miami 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.”

Pendande carried Miami (8-5, 1-2 ACC) on a 16-point, four-rebound outing against Clemson (6-10, 0-5 ACC). Graduate forward Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi scored a season-high 13 points and added five rebounds.

The Hurricanes never trailed the Tigers in the second half. Clemson guard Delicia Washington scored a game-high 24 points in a 10-for-14 shooting performance as the Tigers’ top scoring option. No other Clemson player scored in double-digits, while four of Miami’s shot over 50% in the team’s top shooting performance of the season at 52.6%.

Leading 32-29 at halftime, UM entered the third quarter determined to score. Led by redshirt senior forward Destiny Harden’s seven points in the period, the Hurricanes outscored the Tigers 13-4 in the half’s first four minutes. Washington posted five straight points to slice Miami’s deficit to seven.

But moments later, Djaldi-Tabdi overtook the Hurricanes’ scoring onslaught. The Syracuse transfer scored eight consecutive Miami points, lifting her team ahead for a 13-point advantage in a 27-point frame.

Freshman guard Jasmyne Roberts sparked Miami’s burst before halftime, burning Clemson with seven straight points in under two minutes as the first half ended. The 5-foot-10 freshman of Jacksonville, Florida, competed for 24 minutes off the bench and totaled a season-best seven rebounds.

“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.”

Each team shot no greater than 39% in the fourth quarter, following a combined 48-point effort in the third. Washington produced all 10 of the Tigers’ fourth-period points.

The Hurricanes outrebounded the Tigers 36-23, while scoring 30 points off Clemson’s 21 turnovers. UM gave the basketball away 23 times.

Up next, Miami returns to the Watsco Center for a matchup against No. 15 Georgia Tech Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday evening after a crash with two other vehicles, according to authorities.

At around 5:15 p.m., a crash involving an Ocala officer was reported outside of a residential area at the intersection of West Silver Springs Boulevard and Southwest 23rd Avenue, Ocala Police Department said.

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The officer was listed as a “trauma alert” but is expected to be okay, OPD said.

No other serious injuries were reported.

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Ocala police are investigating the crash.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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Brr! Orlando wakes up to coldest temperatures of the year

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Orlando residents woke up to a chilly start Tuesday morning, with temperatures projected to stay cold today.

Temperatures before sunrise were 42 degrees in the City Beautiful, which should later see temperature highs increase to 64 as skies are forecast to remain sunny, according to Maureen McCann From Spectrum of the News 13 weather team.

Tuesday’s low will fall back down to 45 in the evening.

“Future cast has us with sunshine for our Tuesday and clear skies tonight, but tomorrow a southeasterly wind will start to develop during the afternoon, and that is going to promote some warmer temperatures,” McCann said.

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, with chances of showers re-emerging into skies by Friday with a 30% chance of rain.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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1 dead, 4 injured after man opens fire outside Chicagoan Bar in NW Miami-Dade

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person has died and four others were injured following a shooting outside a bar in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The shooting happened at the Chicagoan Bar, located at 10702 NW 7th Ave, at around midnight on Tuesday.

The deceased individual was reportedly drinking at the bar and refused to pay his bill.

Security eventually removed him from the bar.

He then drove away, returned to the bar, stopped in the middle of the street then began firing several rounds at the bar’s security, according to police.

Another security guard came from inside the bar and returned fire, killing the patron.

One of the security guards was shot and taken to a local hospital.

Three women were also caught in the crossfire — two of them were transported to the hospital while the third was treated on the scene after being grazed.

All victims taken to the hospital are in stable condition.

Several homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Those who frequent the area are advised to seek alternative routes until the scene has cleared.

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