Johnson, Williams Honored Prior to Leading Miami to Win
By Rob Dunning
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami juniors Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams were honored prior to Miami’s home game against UAB Monday night for becoming the youngest teammates in school history to reach the 1,000-point club together. If the Blazers weren’t aware of just how good they were then, they quickly found out for themselves.
Johnson and Williams combined to out-score UAB in the first half, 30-27, as the Hurricanes would cruise to a 68-52 win over the Blazers in non-conference action at the BankUnited Center.
Williams finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists, while Johnson added 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in another dominant outing by the All-America candidates. Williams shot 5-of-7 from behind the arc and 8-of-16 from the field while Johnson connected on 6-of-11 attempts on the night.
“Those two have come here and totally changed the face of the program,” Meier said. “They do it together and it is so special that they have such complimentary games. They both are going to accomplish amazing individual goals but the bottom line is they have Miami on their chests and they want to go to the NCAA Tournament.”
The Hurricanes held a 40-27 halftime lead, with Williams pouring in 16 and Johnson 14 before the break. The second half was much of the same, as Miami’s lead stretched to as much as 19 late in the contest.
The `Canes out-shot UAB, 41.5-to-36.1 percent from the field and held a commanding 32-to-12 advantage in the points off turnovers battle. UAB held a slight rebounding edge, 39-to-36.
“It kind of felt like an ACC game in terms of the physicality of it,” Meier said. “For me, I got a lot out of it as a coach. I can trust this team offensively, I can trust them when we need a big possession.”
UAB was led by Jala Harris, who finished with 23 points on 10-of-24 shooting.
“I teared up a little bit,” Meier said postgame. “It kind of caught me off guard. It felt like it was senior night or something.”
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