The Miami Hurricanes Women’s Basketball squad beat the Indiana Hoosiers tonight, 70-68. Lola Pendande led the Canes with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Destiny Harden had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Jasmyne Roberts chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Mackenzie Holmes led the Hoosiers with 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Miami advances to play #4 seed Villanova this Friday, 3/24 at 2:30 EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The Lady Canes blitzed Indiana early, leading by 8 points after the first quarter and 12 points at halftime. The Hoosiers would not go quietly however, winning the third quarter by 11 points.
Miami remained calm; their experienced showed. The Lady Canes maintained their lead and answered every one of Indiana’s runs.
I was impressed by the late-game execution. Haley Cavinder made two free-throws and shushed the crowd. That was before the Indiana three-pointer that tied the game. Coach Meier drew up a great play out of the timeout, with Harden making a leaner with three seconds left in the game. The Hoosiers had no timeouts and couldn’t get a shot off. Game over. Canes win.
LOCKER ROOM IS LIT pic.twitter.com/EbTGdawOSs— Hurricanes Women’s Basketball (@CanesWBB) March 21, 2023
What a freaking win by the Lady Canes. This is Miami Women’s Basketball first Sweet 16 appearance since 1992. 1992! When I think of that year and Miami, I think of the great Gino Torretta slinging passes down the sideline. Now I think about Destiny Harden dropping an F-bomb on live television.
"[Associate HC] Fitzroy [Anthony], man. He did it again. He told me face-up and win the fucking game, scuse my language." - Miami's Destiny Harden pic.twitter.com/N00F1jEd8p— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) March 21, 2023
Coach Meier and her team have overcome some bad losses and nonsense off the court to make a Sweet 16 run. With the confidence they are playing with at the moment, there’s no telling how far they can go in this year’s NCAA Women’s Tournament.