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No. 6 Miami women hold off No. 8 Maryland 76-74

Stefanie Yderstrom scored a career-high 26 points and Shenise Johnson added 20 to help sixth-ranked Miami rally to beat No. 8 Maryland 76-74 on Sunday.

The Hurricanes (22-3, 11-1) have won 11 straight games since falling to North Carolina by two points on Jan. 2. They remained a game behind Duke for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.

Trailing 66-60 with 6 minutes left, Miami rallied behind Johnson. The senior preseason All-America's jumper from the corner with 2:07 left gave the Hurricanes their first lead since early in the first half and set up a tense finish.

Anjale Barrett's layup with 54 seconds to go put Maryland (21-4, 8-4) ahead 72-71. But the Hurricanes took the lead for good on Sylvia Bullock's jumper 15 seconds later. After two missed shots by the Terrapins, Johnson hit two free throws to make it 75-72.

Laurin Mincy missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game, and Riquna Williams hit a free throw to seal the win.

Tianna Hawkins scored 18 points and Lynetta Kizer added 16 to lead Maryland.

Leading by five at halftime, Maryland was able to extend the advantage to 50-42. The Terrapins had chances to make it a double-digit lead but kept missing layups and free throws that allowed Miami to stay in the game. Yderstrom, who had her previous career high of 22 points against Virginia Tech three weeks earlier, hit consecutive jumpers and Williams' made a 3-pointer to get Miami within 50-49.

The teams traded baskets, but Miami couldn't pull ahead. A layup by Hawkins and a free throw by Alyssa Thomas gave Maryland a 66-60 lead with 6:05 left before the Hurricanes' late rally.

It was an entertaining back-and-forth first half with neither team able to build more than a six-point lead. Thomas kept the Terrapins in the game early, scoring eight of the team's first 10 points before Kizer took over. The 6-foot-4 senior's strong three-point play tied the game at 13. She scored four points over the final 1:42 of the half to help Maryland take a 38-33 lead. Kizer finished the half with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Miami won the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 12, handing Maryland its first loss of the season. In that game Kizer had just four points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.

Hurricanes coach Katie Meier was dressed in a pink top and wore pink sneakers in support of the Play4Kay foundation that honors former N.C. State coach Kay Yow, who died of cancer three years ago. The Miami players wore pink sneakers while the Terrapins were dressed in pink uniforms.