The Hurricanes Women’s Basketball team suffered a blowout loss on Friday afternoon, losing 75-53 at home to the No.7 Oregon State Beavers. The loss was the Hurricanes’ second in a row. Both losses came against ranked teams, and have shown that while Miami is already a strong team, there’s still improvement to be made as the season goes on.
The story of this matchup was undoubtedly each team’s defense. The Hurricanes allowed OSU to shoot 49.1% from the field, while the Beavers held Miami to 35.2% shooting. The ‘Canes also struggled to get rebounds, losing the battle on the glass 36-30.
Miami also again struggled to shoot from beyond the arc, making just three three-pointers in 20 attempts on the afternoon. The struggles from the three-point line doomed Miami’s offense, as it became one-dimensional and focused too much on interior scoring.
Unsurprisingly, the Hurricanes were led offensively by standout Beatrice Mompremier, who continues to be one of the best players in the ACC and the country. Oregon State was led by the guard duo of Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum, who had 21 and 20 points respectively. Pivec and Slocum continually gave the ‘Canes trouble on the perimeter, showing that Miami needs to figure out how to play against elite guards to reach their goals this season.
Coach Katie Meier said after the game that, “I knew that we would be exposed by this great team and we were. We need to make sure that whether or not we are scoring as an individual determines our effort.” It certainly seems that Coach Meier is unhappy with her team’s performance so far this season, but there’s a chance for these two tough losses to become a learning opportunity.
While Miami has played a tough schedule so far, one that only gets more difficult with a game against No.17 Indiana looming next week, after that game the Hurricanes will get a chance to play an easier stretch in their schedule. During that stretch the ‘Canes will have a chance to come together as a team. Miami has plenty of talent on the squad this season, and if they improve and learn from their mistakes there’s no reason why the Hurricanes can’t be playing at home during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Miami will take the court again Saturday, November 30th at 4:30 against Miami (Ohio) before the aforementioned game against the nationally ranked Indiana Hoosiers on December 4th. Both of those games will be played at the Watsco Center.