Miami Drops Heartbreaker at NC State
Feb. 14, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Miami (16-9, 3-7) women’s basketball team fell to NC State Wolfpack (14-11, 4-6), 66-64 on the annual Hoops 4 Hope Night at Reynolds Coliseum on Sunday night.
In front of a national television audience, the Hurricanes’ Shenise Johnson showed why she should be a National Player of the Year candidate as she poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead her team.
Miami was up by 12 points with just under three minutes remaining in the first half, but the Wolfpack put together a 14-2 run that stretched into the second half, tying the game at 35. However, behind Johnson, the `Canes went on a 13-5 run of their own to build a 48-40 lead with 13:45 to go.
NC State once again responded, as Bonae Holston’s 10 second-half points helped give the home team a 51-50 lead. Over the last 11 minutes, the lead changed hands multiple times, but with the game tied at 64 with 1:55 left, NC State’s Marissa Kastanek was able to score on a put-back for the game’s final points.
Miami had a chance to tie, calling a timeout with eight seconds remaining, but were unable to convert before the final horn.
The Hurricanes received a huge offensive lift from freshmen Shanel Williams. The Chesapeake, Va. native scored 13 points and hit a career-best three three-point field goals in the game. Miami hit a total of nine treys in the contest, with six coming in the opening-half.
Riquna Williams and Stefanie Yderstrom each scored nine points on the night and hit a combined four three-pointers.
The Wolfpack saw Kastanek and Amber White reach double-figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Eight of Miami’s nine losses this season have been by less than 10 points.
NC State’s annual Hoops 4 Hope game, raised over $50,000 and drew a crowd of 6,452.
The Hurricanes next face Clemson on the road this Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., then return to the BankUnited Center to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m.
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