Miami Wins Fifth Straight in Blowout of Southern
Nov. 29, 2010
By: Rob Dunning
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – When Southern head coach Sandy Pugh called a timeout 29 seconds into her team’s game against the University of Miami women’s basketball team on Monday, it was an early indication of how the night would go for the visiting Jaguars. Miami won its fifth straight game– all by double figures – and improved to 6-0 at home as it overwhelmed Southern, 85-36, in non-conference action at the BankUnited Center.
Miami (6-1) jumped out to an early 14-4 advantage and stretched its lead to 24 at the half as junior guards Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams combined to out-score the Jaguars, 25-to-14, in the first period.
“I think we started off the game with a lot of respect for [Southern] and took care of business,” head coach Katie Meier said. “I knew at shoot-around today that our team would just take care of business. The upperclassmen – the returners – were just phenomenal tonight.
“We are closing out halves this year very well and that makes a big difference in our record,”
Those big runs late in the first half and early in the second led to a comfortable win yet again for the `Canes, who scored 47 points after the break and led by as much as 50 with Johnson, Williams and forward Morgan Stroman controlling the action.
Williams would go on to score 19 points, Johnson finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Stroman recorded her second double-double of the season with a game-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. For Stroman, it was her fifth straight game scoring at least 15 points and her second 20-plus scoring night in UM’s last three contests.
In addition to production from Williams, Johnson and Stroman, Stefanie Yderstrom finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists while Selina Archer scored eight points in 15 minutes of action off the bench.
The Hurricanes forced the Jaguars into 30 turnovers and converted them into 31 points, 14 of which came on the fast break.
Miami more than doubled Southern’s shooting percentage from the field (49.2-to-24.1).
The Hurricanes will continue their nine-game home stand with a game against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. before playing host to No. 12 Georgetown on Tuesday, Dec. 7 in what will be the team’s toughest test of the year thus far.
First Things First
– Morgan Stroman’s three-pointer with 1:28 left in the first half was the first of her career.
– The Hurricanes forced 17 turnovers in the first half on the way to 30 for the game. The `Canes have forced at least 20 turnovers in every game this year. Miami leads the ACC in steals per game, and is second in turnover margin, forcing over 25 turnovers per game. Southern almost had as many turnovers as points, scoring just 36.
– Even with the intense defensive pressure, Southern did not visit the free throw line until 19:41 in the second half.
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