Hurricane Warning: Lady Canes a Category 5
The University of Miami’s Women’s Basketball team (19-2, 5-1 ACC) was able to get back in the win column with a victory over the NC State Wolfpack with an 84-77 victory, notching their 20th straight home victory, the second longest streak in program history (the 1991-92 team won 30 in a row). The 16th ranked Lady ‘Canes were led by junior guard Riquna Williams and her game-high 27 points. She currently leads the ACC in scoring average (21.1 points per game). The Lady ‘Canes led 42-36 at half, and stretched the lead to 15 with less than 10 minutes to play. Junior guard Shenise Johnson added 17 points and nine rebounds, with sophomore forward Morgan Stroman contributing 18 points.
1/24/11, Florida State 66, UM 59 – The 21st ranked Lady ‘Noles (16-4, 4-1 ACC) snapped UM’s 17-game winning streak in Tallahassee on Monday evening. The Hurricanes couldn’t take advantage of 29 FSU turnovers, and fell behind early in the second half, 50-38, seeing the Lady ‘Noles score 16 of the first 20 points after the break. Miami was able to make it a game coming within three (60-57) with a minute left, but FSU sunk a couple of critical free throws to end UM’s comeback. Miami shot just 30.2% from the field. Johnson scored 21 and Williams totaled 18.
1/16/11, Miami 65, Boston College 53 – The Lady ‘Canes fell behind 34-27 early in the second half as Boston College took advantage of their extreme height advantage. Johnson had three consecutive steals, erasing the lead. Miami then scored 36 of the next 51 points, led by Williams with 33 points and Johnson with 20, adding nine steals.
“They sure looked huge to me,” said Williams, a 5-7 guard who was trying to drive against Boston College’s 6-6 Carolyn Swords and 6-4 Stefanie Murphy.
Added UM coach Katie Meier, “I wore two-inch heels tonight so the team didn’t think Boston College was so big. I told them they’re the same height as me, so what’s the big deal.”
“We don’t want to overreact to this win, but we certainly don’t want to underreact either. We’re proud of ourselves, very proud of ourselves. This team had me in awe in the second half with their defensive energy andcommitment to hustle plays,” UM’s head coach told the Miami Herald.
“You can coach all your life and never feel this proud of a team. And it was just unbelievable guts and effort and energy and commitment to each other. The chemistry in how much they love each other just shows on the court. I’m certainly going to say how much I love this team and how proud I am of this effort.”
Miami is gearing up for a serious ACC title run, and we should expect the Hurricanes to make another NCAA tournament appearance. Next up: home vs. Georgia Tech (18-5, 6-1 ACC), Sunday, January 30.
UM Men Suffer Another Close Defeat
The Hurricanes (12-8, 1-5 ACC) have some work to do to avoid another postseason spent on the couch. After an encouraging start to the season in nonconference play, Miami has managed just one ACC victory, slotting them 11th in the standings. The ‘Canes took UNC to the wire in their last contest, but the Tar Heels hit a three-pointer with 6 seconds left to seal the victory. Next up: @Virginia Tech (13-6, 3-3 ACC), Sunday, January 30.