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Hurricanes Fall at Boston College, 72-64

Jan. 31, 2010

Box Score

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team couldn’t close the gap between themselves and the Boston College Eagles, falling 72-64 at the Silvio O. Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.

A Boston College (12-10, 3-4) 16-4 run to end the opening half gave the home team a 33-26 lead and Miami was only able to get within five points during the second half.

Diane Barnes had a solid performance for the Hurricanes (14-7, 2-5) as she scored a team-high 15 points and tied Riquna Williams with a game-high eight rebounds. Williams ended the game with 11 points and Shenise Johnson scored 14 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Both Johnson and Williams played staunch defense as they led all players with four steals apiece.

Miami trailed by as much as 15 early in the second half and Katie Meier replaced four of her second-half starters, leaving four freshmen and sophomore guard Riquna Williams on the court. The lineup gave the Hurricanes a spark and cut the Eagles’ lead to eight.

The `Canes were able to close the gap to five points at 52-47 on a Barnes layup with 7:42 remaining, but BC outscored the visitors 17-8 over the next 6:48. Late three pointers from Williams and Yderstrom led to the final 72-64 score.

Four Boston College players scored in double-figures, led by Brittanny Johnson’s 16. Carolyn Swords had 14, while Mickel Picco and Stefanie Murphy added 12 an 10 points respectively.

Barnes led Miami with eight points and five rebounds at the break, while Johnson added six points. The Hurricanes led by five with 6:43 to go in the half, but Boston College took the lead on a Brittanny Johnson three pointer with 3:57 remaining – it was the first of four-straight threes that the Eagles hit over the final four minutes of the half, giving them a 33-26 lead.

Miami will look to end its three-game skid as it returns to the BankUnited Center on Thursday, Feb. 4 to host the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels at 7 p.m.

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