Miami Sports Day

NCAA: Miami Avoids First-Round Upset in Women’s Tournament

A last-second layup by Keyona Hayes gave fourth-seeded Miami a 62-60 victory over No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday in an NCAA women’s first-round game at Coral Gables, Fla.

Hayes, who finished with a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds, made the layup after Miami called a timeout with seven seconds left following a 3-pointer by Florida Gulf Coast’s Taylor Gradinjan with 10 seconds remaining that tied the score at 60.

Miami (24-8) advances to the second round Monday to play 12th-seeded Quinnpiac, which upset No. 5 seed Marquette 68-65 on Saturday.

The Hurricanes were also led by Emese Hof’s 14 points.

Florida Gulf Coast, led by Jordin Alexander’s 11 points, five rebounds and five assists, finishes its season 26-9.

A free throw by Alexander gave the Eagles their first lead of the second half at 54-53 with 1:53 left in regulation. Hayes answered with a jumper with 1:31 remaining.

After China Dow made a layup with 1:13 left to give Florida Gulf Coast a 56-55 lead, Hof converted a three-point play with 49 seconds remaining to put Miami ahead.

Dow made one of two free throws with 43 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 58-57. Miami’s Keyanna Harris then converted two free throws with 16 seconds left.

The game was a defensive struggle with Miami shooting only 42.3 percent from the field and Florida Gulf Coast 37.5 percent. The Hurricanes made only 1 of 14 shots from 3-point range and Eagles were 9 of 34.

The game had only one scorer in double figures — Hayes — until 5:54 remained in the fourth quarter when Alexander made a layup to reach 10 points.

Miami took as much as a 12-point lead in the second half, leading 34-22 on a Hayes jumper with 7:37 left in the third quarter.

An 8-2 run by Florida Gulf Coast, capped by a 3-pointer by Rosemarie Julien, cut the lead to 45-43 with 8:01 left in regulation. Julien connected on another 3-pointer to tie the score at 51 with 4:22 left

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