MIAMI 81, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 60
Miami, FL – No. 25 Miami displayed a sharp shooting eye to build a big lead against Stephen F. Austin and blended that with sturdy defense to move into Round 2 of the 2018 Preseason WNIT.
The Hurricanes (2-0) will host Hartford or Morgan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET; the Ladyjacks (0-1) move into the consolation round.
Miami shot 56 percent overall and converted 12 3-pointers, all coming in the first three quarters. Sophomore guard Mykea Gray had 25 points, two off her career high, and junior guard Laura Cornelius closed with nine points and eight assists. Baylor transfer Beatrice Mompremier added 14 points in her first game with the Hurricanes.
Stephen F. Austin was paced by Chanell Hayes, who had 19 points. Heaven Hamling closed with 15 points.
The Ladyjacks tied the game early in the second quarter on a 3-pointer by Brioenne Burns to make it 22-all, but the Hurricanes quickly responded and pulled ahead by a 43-30 margin at halftime. Miami was 9-of-16 from 3-point range in the half and forced 11 turnovers in that span.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Gray late in the third quarter built the Miami advantage to 60-37.