Adrienne Motley led four players in double figures as No. 5 seed Miami ripped No. 12 seed Pittsburgh 77-55 in the opening game of the second round of the ACC women’s tournament on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Hurricanes’ Motley had 25 points, while Keyona Hayes added 18 and Michelle Woods and Emese Hof each had 11.
“We played with great physicality, and so coming into the game we felt like we were absolutely on the uptick,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “Everybody is answering the bell. We’re not just riding Adrienne Motley by any stretch of the imagination, although I will gladly put a saddle on you, girl (looking at Motley) and ride you.”
Miami took an 18-12 lead after one period.
Yacine Diop and Brenna Wise had 17 points apiece for Pittsburgh.
“I’m so proud of the way our team had competed these last few days,” Pitt coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “We knew coming in the challenges we faced going against Miami with so many weapons. Katie Meier does a great job with her team and puts them in a good position to be successful. They run some good sets that we just didn’t have an answer for today.”
Miami (23-7, 10-6 ACC), ranked No. 21 in the AP poll, also won its regular-season meeting 79-55 on Jan. 7. Pittsburgh finished the season 13-18 overall and 4-12 in the league.
The Hurricanes play No. 4 seed Florida State (23-6, 13-3) at 11 a.m. Friday. FSU swept the regular-season series, winning 69-58 at Miami on Jan. 24 and 70-67 in Tallahassee on Sunday.