Miami Falls to Cal in WNIT Championship, 73-61
April 3, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team (22-14) advanced further in the postseason than ever in its history, but fell to the Cal Golden Bears (24-14) in the WNIT Championship game by a 73-61 score at Haas Pavilion.
Miami was never able to overcome a 12-point halftime deficit, only getting as close as eight points in the second half.
Johnson extended her double-figure scoring streak to 37 games and she added seven rebounds and five assists as well.
Williams hit two three pointers in the game, giving her a total of 106 for the season. That mark is just one shy of the ACC record, set by North Carolina’s Ivory Latta.
Senior Diane Barnes scored eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in her final collegiate contest.
The Golden Bears’ post play proved to be too much for the `Canes, as DeNesha Stallworth scored 21 of Cal’s 48 points in the paint. Miami scored on 26 in the paint.
Alexis Gray-Lawson added 17 points for Cal.
The Hurricane offense struggled in the first half, as it was unable to score for the first 5:47 of the game and trailed 9-0. Sparked by seven points apiece from Williams and Johnson, Miami then went on a 16-2 run and took a five point lead with 8:53 remaining.
However the shooting woes continued for the `Canes and Cal was able to close out the half with a 24-7 run, leading at the break 35-23. Miami shot just 26.5 percent from the floor and missed all seven of its three-point attempts.
Williams and Johnson both were named to the Women’s National Invitational All-Tournament team.
With their 22-14 record, the Hurricanes had their most successful season under fifth-year head coach Katie Meier. Prior to this season, the Hurricanes had never won more than one postseason game. This postseason, Miami went 5-1 in the WNIT, in the first year that the tournament expanded to 64 teams.