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Sasha Sims had a game-high 20 points at Miami
by: David S. Williams
Hatters Top Miami in WNIT Opener, 70-63
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/20/2014
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CORAL GABLES, Fla.—Sasha Sims scored a game-high 20 points and Stetson limited Miami to 29 percent shooting for the game as the Hatters downed Miami, 70-63, in the opening round of the WNIT, Thursday at BankUnited Center.

The victory is the first post-season win in program history. Stetson (27-7) next will face the winner of Friday’s game between USF and North Carolina A&T. Game time, date and place will be announced after that contest is complete.

“I thought it was a great game", said Stetson head coach Lynn Bria. “We executed well. Miami presses and they turn people over. I thought if we could take care of the ball we’d have a chance. It came down to a few big plays. I’m really proud of our kids to come down here and get a win, and it’s really good for us and good for our program to finally win a post-season game.”

Playing in their fourth consecutive post-season tournament, the Hatters (27-7) led 34-31 at halftime but struggled to put any distance between themselves and the Hurricanes over the first five minutes of the second half. Miami (16-15) trimmed Stetson’s lead to 45-40 with 14:06 left. But the Hatters held Miami without a field goal for the next 6:04, allowing them to take complete control of the game.

A layup by Brianti Saunders and a three-pointer by Jama Sharp made it 50-40 with 13:21 left. After Miami trimmed Stetson’s lead to 50-42 with a pair of free throws, Sims fueled a 9-3 run with two layups and a three-pointer as Stetson took a 59-45 lead with 7:17 to left.

Sims later made one of two free throws and Cherisse Burris converted a layup for a 62-47 lead with 4:11 to go. Amber Porter gave the Hatters their largest lead at 64-48 with a layup with 3:37 to go.

Sims, Stetson’s lone senior, was 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. She added five rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Porter finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Sharp had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Hatters hot just 38 percent from the field for the game, and were only 13-of-28 from the free throw line. But the Hatters made seven three-pointers and rtoced Miami into 20 turnovers, while limiting the Hurricanes to 29 percent shooting for the game.

Miami out-rebounded Stetson, 59-46, but made just 21 of 73 field goal attempts. Krystal Saunders led the Hurricanes with 16 points.

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