Chanivia Broussard had 14 of her 22 points in the second half, and Miami’s 8-0 closing run gave the Hurricanes a 65-56 victory Saturday over No. 21 Virginia Tech.
Tamara James made a three-pointer to give the Hurricanes (18-4, and 7-4 in the Big East) a 57-54 lead. Kerri Gardin responded with a lay-up for the Hokies with 3:11 left, but Virginia Tech went scoreless the rest of the way.
Shaquana Wilkins made a lay-up and Miami converted six free throws in the final minute, including 4-for-4 from Broussard to seal the game. Broussard finished 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
After Miami trailed by as many as five points in the second half, Yolanda McCormick made a 3-pointer to cap an 11-5 run and give the Hurricanes a 45-44 lead with 10:12 remaining. In all, the game had four lead changes and was tied six times.
James scored 14 points and Melissa Knight added 11 for the Hurricanes, who led 30-28 at the half. Wilkins had 11 rebounds.
Gardin paced the Hokies with 13 points and 14 rebounds, but Virginia Tech shot 30.6 percent compared to 45.8 percent for the Hurricanes. Ieva Kublina added 11 points and Erin Gibson 10 for the Hokies.
Track and Field
The University of Miami men’s track and field team had three sprinters and one pole vaulter record Big East qualifying marks at the Tiger Invitational in Clemson, S.C.
Sophomore Terrell Walden, the defending Big East 60-meter champions, earned an opportunity to defend his title finishing third at the Tiger Invitational with a Big East qualifying mark of 6.77 seconds.
Two other Hurricanes recorded qualifying marks in the 60-meters including junior Tanard Davis who finished 15th overall with a time of 6.95, and freshman Devin Hester who finished 24th with a time of 7.02 seconds.
In the pole vault senior Jon Mark finished second with a mark of 4.70 meters. His leap qualifies him for the Big East Championship to be held February 21-22 in Syracuse, N.Y.
-Compiled by the sports information department