CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 15th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team (5-2) won at Miami, 79-71, Sunday behind a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds from senior Miami native Ieshia Small in the finale of the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament at the Watsco Center.
Small went 7-for-10 from the floor and 9-for-10 from the free throw line to be named Tournament MVP. Sophomore Kaila Charles scored 18 points with 12 boards and three steals to make the All-Tournament Team.
“This was a really hardfought win for our team. I though we really played hard for 40 minutes to secure this win on the road,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “It’s special to bring our two players from Miami back home. Really happy for them to see the level they both played at in front of their families and friends.”
The teams stayed locked in a tattle back and forth throughout first quarter. Hurricanes (4-2) scored twice in final 26 seconds to take a 20-16 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes.
A jumper by Small to 1:45 into the second quarter started a 6-0 run for Maryland to take the lead back. Small scored 10 of her points in the second quarter to help the Terrapins lead 36-35 at halftime.
Maryland opened the second half with a steal by Jones, then back-to-back buckets by her to go up 40-35. The Terrapins extended their run to an 11-3 streak to go ahead 47-38 at 6:23 when Miami called timeout.
The Hurricanes’ Mykea Gray scored seven straight points for Miami. Maryland led 58-57 at the end of the third quarter.
The Terrapins won the fourth quarter 21-14 to pull ahead. They used a 12-4 run to start the period, jumpstarted by Charles’ layup. Maryland pulled ahead 73-63 with 4:08 to play.
The Terps took their two Miami natives, Lewis and Small, home to their families on the Miami trip. The Terrapins spent Wednesday evening with the Lewis family and Thanksgiving dinner with Small’s friends and family.
Maryland is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll and in the USA Today Coaches poll released earlier this week.
After Sunday’s game, Maryland will play at Virginia (3-3) Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Charlottesville. The Terps and the Cavaliers will tip off at 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Maryland-Virginia game will be streamed online through the ACC Network at WatchESPN.com or the Watch ESPN app. Fans can watch with their cable login info. Live stats will be available. Updates will also be posted to the Terrapins' Twitter feed at @umdwbb.