Long Shots: Quinnipiac Beats Miami 85-78 for Sweet 16 Berth

Morgan Manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, Aryn McClure added 15 and 12th-seeded Quinnipiac is headed to the Sweet 16, stunning fourth-seeded Miami 85-78 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Monday night.

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Quinnipiac's Carly Fabbri (5) celebrates with Morgan Manz (35) and Aryn McClure, right, after a second round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament against Miami, Monday, March 20, 2017, in Coral Gables, Fla. Quinnipiac won 85-78. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sarah Shewan and Paula Strautmane each scored 11 for Quinnipiac (29-6), which will head to Stockton, California and play top-seeded South Carolina on Saturday. The Bobcats of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference made 15 of 26 from 3-point range, and won their 12th straight game.

Jessica Thomas scored 25 points and Keyona Hayes added 21 for Miami (24-9), which was looking for its first trip to the round of 16 since 1992. The Hurricanes were outscored 45-15 from 3-point range.

Every time Miami made a run, Quinnipiac would answer.

What was as much as a 13-point lead was cut to one late, before Martucci's 3-pointer with 57.5 seconds left put Quinnipiac up 78-74. Manz knocked the ball away from Miami's Jessica Thomas on a drive on the ensuing Hurricanes' possession, and the Bobcats -- probably best known in Division I as a hockey school -- would soon be celebrating the biggest win in the history of their program.

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