Women's Basketball Drops Nailbiter to Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES, Fla.—The Barry Buccaneers closed out their pre-season women’s basketball schedule with a 52-49 loss to the Miami Hurricanes in the BankUnited Center on Saturday.
 
The Buccaneers used a 6-0 run to close to within one point at 50-49 on a pair of free throws by Christina Thompson at 2:04. But on the next possession, the Hurricanes grabbed three offensive rebounds in a row before Shenise Johnson finally drained a layup with 1:11 remaining.
 
The Bucs had chances over the final minute, but Alisha Sanford missed a layup, then after a UM turnover, Martinez missed a runner in the lane, but got the rebound and kicked it back to Kristy Singletary whose three-pointer at the buzzer fell short.
 
Miami was tested early, as Barry got off to a quick lead in the first half with the dribble penetration and three-point shooting by Martinez. She took command and ran the point guard position really well, helping the Bucs to control the game early as they established a 9-2 lead to start the game.
 
The Bucs, whose biggest lead was 12-4 at 13:03 left in the first half after a three-pointer by Princess Bailey, led 18-12 with 8:44 left in the period. But the Hurricanes used a full-court press to run off a 9-2 swing and take their first lead of the game at 21-20 on a jumper by Diane Barnes with 4:03 remaining. They extended their lead to five points at the half after Johnson hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds left.
 
The Hurricanes maintained a working margin early in the second half and led 43-37 with 8:15 left after a layup by Briyana Blair. But the Bucs scored six straight, five by Mariesa Greene to tie the game at 43-43 with 5:32 to play.
 
The Hurricanes rebuilt a seven-point advantage behind four points from Johnson, taking a 50-43 lead at 3:51 on Johnson’s free throw.
 
Bailey and Greene led the Bucs with 10 points each, while Martinez had nine and Thompson and Kia Palmer each had seven in a balanced attack. Freshman Johnson, who was invited to tryout for the US U-19 team, led the ‘Canes with 16 points, while Barnes and Charmaine Clark each had 11.
 
The Bucs open the regular season on Nov. 15-16 at the Nova Southeastern Shark Tip-off Classic, facing Clayton State on Saturday and St. Augustine on Sunday.
 
Newspaper Box Score
Barry vs Miami
11/08/08 3 p.m. at BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
At BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
MIAMI 52, BARRY 49
BARRY 49
GREENE, Mariesa 2-4 6-8 10; BAILEY, Princess 4-12 0-0 10; MARTINEZ, Lucy
4-10 0-1 9; PALMER, Kia 3-8 1-4 7; THOMPSON, Christina 1-6 4-4 7;
SINGLETARY, Kristy 2-5 2-2 6; SANFORD, Alisha 0-6 0-0 0; O'MALLEY, Tara 0-1
0-0 0; SUTTINGTON, Shanna 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-52 13-19 49.
MIAMI 52
Shenise Johnson 6-15 4-6 16; Diane Barnes 5-8 1-3 11; Charmaine Clark 3-10
5-6 11; LaToya Cunningham 2-12 2-2 6; Briyana Blair 2-4 0-3 4; Sylvia
Bullock 1-3 0-0 2; Damisha Moore 1-1 0-0 2; Ashley Sours 0-1 0-0 0; LaToya
Drake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 12-20 52.
Barry.........................   22   27  -   49
Miami.........................   27   25  -   52
3-point goals--Barry 4-21 (BAILEY, Princess 2-8; MARTINEZ, Lucy 1-5;
THOMPSON, Christina 1-5; O'MALLEY, Tara 0-1; SINGLETARY, Kristy 0-2), Miami
0-7 (; Charmaine Clark 0-1; LaToya Cunningham 0-5; Briyana Blair 0-1).
Fouled out--Barry-GREENE, Mariesa, Miami-None. Rebounds--Barry 37 (GREENE,
Mariesa 9), Miami 44 (Diane Barnes 8; Shenise Johnson 8). Assists--Barry 8
(MARTINEZ, Lucy 5), Miami 16 (Briyana Blair 5). Total fouls--Barry 18, Miami
23. Technical fouls--Barry-None, Miami-None. A-1107
Exhibition Game