One and Done

University of Miami junior point guard Yalonda McCormick had a chance to give the Hurricanes another five minutes of basketball and a spot in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. Instead, McCormick passed up a potential game-tying three-pointer that allowed the Maryland Terrapins to hold off the Hurricanes 86-85 in a first-round game at the Maravich Asembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Trailing 86-83 with 10.3 seconds remaining in the game, McCormick dribbled the ball to the top of the key and started to square up for the three-pointer before feeding Shaquana Wilkins in the paint for a short jumper as time expired, leaving the Hurricanes one-point short and leaving the team out of the tournament after the first-round for the second consecutive season.

The Hurricanes finish the season at 22-7, while the Terrapins (18-12) advance to a Tuesday night meeting against LSU.

UM, the No. 5 seed in the West Regional, was behind 79-76 with 1:24 left in the contest before sophomore Tamara James (15 points) drilled a three-pointer to tie it. Maryland's Delvona Oliver, who scored 22 points with five rebounds and two assists, responded with a score inside and Shay Doron (19 points) added a free throw to give the Terrapins an 82-79 lead. McCormick found James and Chanivia Broussard underneath for lay-ups in between free throws by Doron to bring the Canes within 84-83. After two free throws by Terrapin's Crystal Washington (22 points), McCormick sped the ball up court and shrugged off several defenders. That's when she decided to give up the game-tying shot.

The Hurricanes - and especially Broussard - did overcome some adversity to take a 52-50 edge on a James lay-up at the 13:01 mark of the second half. Despite leading for most of the first half, Miami needed an 11-4 run early in the second half to take their last lead of the game. UM had it's way early opening a 30-18 cushion with 7:41 remaining in the first half on consecutive three-point baskets by McCormick. But with Maryland gaining momentum Broussard went down with a right knee injury at 5:43 of the first half. From that point on the Terrapins outscored the Hurricanes 15-4 to take a 38-37 lead at the half. During a 10-1 spurt late in the first half Oliver hit a three-point shot with her feet clearly behind the arc, but she was only awarded two points. However, the officials changed the call several minutes later.

Broussard returned at the start of the second half, providing the Canes with a big lift. The 6-3 senior had five early second-half points, including a free throw that tied the game at 53-53 with 12:12 remaining. Broussard, who kept the Hurricanes in the game with her ability to get to the basket, had a game-high 11 rebounds. Doron, the Terrapins leading scorer, was held to six points in the first half. However the freshmen reserve heated up in the second half with 13 points. She finished the game 6 for 11 from the floor, while adding seven free throws.

Despite outrebounding Maryland 35-30, the Hurricanes shot just 59 percent from the free throw line (13 of 22).

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