Five Hurricanes scored in double digits, Miami shot 50 percent from the field, but it wasn’t enough. UM gave up a halftime lead and lost 79-66 on the road to Boston College.
Junior Lola Pendande led Miami in scoring and rebounding with 13 points and six boards. She made a layup at the halftime buzzer to give the Canes a 38-37 lead. Freshman Ja’Leah Williams scored 12 points, senior Karla Erjavec scored 11, and redshirt senior Destiny Harden and graduate student Kelsey Marshall added 10 apiece.
It was Miami’s fourth game in a week that included an upset over 15th-ranked Georgia Tech, a road victory at Florida State, and a loss to Duke.
“We did not play horribly until the fourth quarter, Boston College is really good, so I can’t be devastated by this loss at all,” UM coach Katie Meier said. “This week was not a failure by any stretch of the imagination. We beat a ranked opponent and beat a rival on the road. Now we have to focus on going to Wake Forest and grab a game we felt we left on the table when we had that 25-day layoff.”
UM lost by one point to the Demon Deacons on Jan. 6.
Meier felt her team was flat in the first and fourth quarters against Boston College but played well in the second and third quarters. She said her players seemed tired in the final quarter and Boston College took advantage.
Taylor Soule led the Eagles with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting with six rebounds and four assists.
“Defensively, they’re a tough challenge,” Meier said. “They have a lot of firepower and had a ton of confidence. Taylor Soule was just phenomenal and they hit the threes when they needed them. If Boston College is shooting 9-of-16 from three and Taylor Soule has 23, and we’re a very good defensive team, sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat to the other team and say `Wow.’”
UM dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the ACC. BC is 14-5 and 5-3.