It wasn’t pretty, but UM women beat Wake Forest 55-43, extend win streak to five games

Just outside the Watsco Center Sunday afternoon was the 72nd annual Beaux Arts Festival, South Florida’s longest running juried art fair with more than 150 fine art

exhibitors. Inside the arena, the University of Miami women’s basketball game against Wake Forest was not exactly a work of art (11 combined points in the second quarter)

but the Hurricanes took control in the second half, opened a 21-point third-quarter lead, and won 55-43. Miami extended its win streak to five games. The Hurricanes have

yet to lose in 2023 and improved to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons dropped to 11-8 and 2-6 in the conference. “We’ve been fortunate to have 20-point

leads this week in two ACC games, late in the third quarter, and both times, the other teams did not lay down,” said UM coach Katie Meier. “Getting a 20-point lead is very hard

against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, and if you lose focus just a little bit, you’re in for a dogfight…We wanted the game in the 70s, but we had to be prepared to win a game in

the 50s or 60s and that’s what happened.” Graduate student Destiny Harden led the Canes with 13 points and six assists. Kyla Oldacre, Miami’s 6-6 freshman center, had eight

points and five rebounds. Guard Ja’Leah Williams added eight points, four rebounds and four assists. “Des really took care of business for us,” Meier said. “She didn’t

force it at all. She shared the ball with her six assists. Des was the key to the game and helped us coach through a grind of a game.” Guard Haley Cavinder, who had reached

double figures in nine consecutive games, fell just short with nine points on 2-of-10 shooting. The Demon Deacons locked down on her. She went 1-of-6 from three-point range.