Miami basketball falls to South Carolina in Women’s NCAA Tournament

Mar 20, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /

After a great run in the ACC Tournament and defeating South Florida in the first round on Friday, the Miami basketball team lost at top overall seed, South Carolina on Sunday. The Hurricanes were unable to overcome an anemic offense in a 49-3 loss. South Carolina led 23-10 at halftime and 31-15 after three quarters.

Miami came alive offensively in the fourth quarter, but the Gamecocks were able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the fourth quarter. South Carolina had too much size for Miami with a 47-29 rebounding advantage. Miami cut the lead to 10 several times in the fourth quarter but was never able to get closer.

Miami did an exceptional job defensively. South Carolina shot 29.51 from the floor and four for 18 on three-point attempts. The Hurricanes shot 23.91 percent and made just five of their 19 three point attempts. Miami held South Carolina star Aliyah Boston to 10 points on four of 15 from the floor with 16 rebounds and four assists.

South Carolina second leading scorer Destanni Henderson had nine points on three of 12 from the floor and one of six three-point attempts. Miami played defense that would have beaten nearly every team in the country. South Carolina has been the number team in the country for the entire 2021-22 season.

Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi

led Miami with 15 pointss on five of 11 three-point attempts. Miami leading scoring

Kelsey Marshall

managed only six points on two of 10 from the floor, with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block. Djaldi-Tabdi was the only Miami basketball player to finish in double figures.

Miami finished the season 21-13. The win on Saturday against South Florida was the first in the NCAA Tournament for Miami since 2019. After beginning the season 12-10, Miami finished the season with nine wins in their last 12 games. The run to the ACC Tournament Championship Game was special.

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The way Miami finished the season is a good foundation for next year. Freshman Ja’leah Williams is one of the cornerstones for head coach Katie Meier in the future. Williams was third on Miami averaging 7.5 points per game and 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 steals. Williams had two points and four rebounds Sunday.