`Canes Dominant in Season-Opening Win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team opened its season in impressive fashion, cruising to a 93-39 win over Kennesaw State, Friday afternoon at the BankUnited Center.
The Hurricanes – employing a full-court press – kept the Fighting Owls on their heels early, jumping out to a 13-0 lead and never looking back.
Williams and Stroman each poured in a game-high 21 points while Stroman also recorded a career-high tying 12 rebounds and career-best seven steals.
Williams recorded a career-best of her own, grabbing 11 boards.
In the end, Miami’s press was too much to handle for the Owls as it led to 32 turnovers – 21 of them UM steals.
Kennesaw State was never able to get an offensive rhythm, recording only five assists as a team and getting outscored 24-2 in fast break points.
Depth played a big role in allowing the `Canes to maintain their defensive pressure as all of Miami’s players saw the floor – each playing at least 10 minutes.
Johnson, heading into the 2010-11 campaign a Preseason All-ACC selection, turned in another balanced effort with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and a game-high four assists.
Krystal Saunders, Florida’s 2010 Ms. Basketball, paced Miami’s freshmen with five points and four rebounds. Selina Archer chipped in six points, while Stephanie Gardner scored four and Maria Brown pulled down four rebounds.
Kennesaw State’s Angie Smith scored a team-high 12 points, while Tamasha Bolden nearly claimed a double-double of her own – scoring nine points with eight rebounds.
The Hurricanes next travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take-on Nebraska on Nov. 17. Last season, Miami fell to Huskers 76-71 in a very competitive game. Nebraska went on to win the first 30 games of its season and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
And off they go…
In the beginning…
Pressure busts pipes
What sophomore slump?
Get that outta here…