CORAL GABLES, FL. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team fell short of the upset against the No. 21/24 Duke Blue Devils, facing a 58-49 defeat Tuesday afternoon at the Watsco Center.
Graduate students Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Kelsey Marshall combined for 24 of Miami’s 49 points in the contest, pouring in 19 and 15 points, respectively. Djaldi-Tabdi’s 19 points tied her career high in scoring set in 2018 against Bucknell. Marshall reached double-digits for the 11th time this season.
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For the third time this season, junior Moulayna Johnson Sidi Baba led the Canes in rebounding, hauling in six boards in the contest.
Miami drew first blood on a Marshall fast-break layup, but Duke responded with a 7-2 run to take their first lead of the game. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the frame, with the Blue Devils holding a 16-13 lead after one.
Duke extended its lead to as much as seven in the second quarter until an old-fashioned 3-point play by Marshall sparked a 9-2 run for the Canes to tie the game at 26 with 1:36 remaining in the half. Duke’s Shayeann Day-Wilson halted the run with a three at the 46-second mark to give the Blue Devils a 3-point lead at halftime.
Miami hung with Duke in the third quarter, never letting the Blue Devils lead get larger than seven points. The Canes rattled off a 7-2 run late in the quarter to pull within two thanks to back-to-back layups from Djaldi-Tabdi. However, Duke’s Lexi Gordon knocked a 3-pointer as time expired in the quarter to push the Blue Devils lead back to five.
Marshall and Djaldi-Tabdi chipped away at the Duke lead with back-to-back threes to make it a 44-43 game in favor of the Blue Devils. Miami’s defense made two straight defensive stands and freshman Ja’Leah Williams drove to the rim to give the Canes the lead, 45-44, at the 6:16 mark.
Duke answered with a 10-2 run in the middle of the quarter to retake the lead. The Blue Devils ultimately outscored the Canes, 16-12, in the frame to seal the victory.
Miami hits the road for their final two games in eight days, traveling first to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Florida State at 8 p.m. on Jan. 20, before heading to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a 12 p.m. meeting with Boston College on Jan. 23. Both games will air RSN.
Miami Hurricanes Athletics Megans Barnes contributed to this recap