`Canes Back in Action Against Alcorn State

`Canes Back in Action Against Alcorn State

Dec. 10, 2010


Alcorn State (1-5) at Miami (8-1)

Date & Tip Time: Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.
Location: Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
Tickets: $5
TV: None
Radio: WVUM 90.5 – wvum.org
Video Stream: Hurricanesports.com/AllAccess/
Live Stats: HurricaneSports.com

The Hurricanes will look to extend their winning-streak to eight when it hosts Alcorn State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Also on the line is Miami’s 12-game home winning-streak that dates back to last year’s regular season-finale.

• Season tickets are available for as low as $50. Tickets may be purchased online at HurricaneSports.com or by calling the UM Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-CANES.
• Single-game tickets are also available for $5 for adults and $3 for children. UM students receive free admission when presenting their valid Cane Card.

• The `Canes won their 12th consecutive home game when it defeated No. 11 Georgetown in overtime by an 81-72 score on Tuesday.
• Georgetown carried the nation’s second-best RPI rating coming into that game, after defeating Tennessee, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Maryland. After the win, Miami’s RPI is now No. 23 in the nation.
• Alcorn State has only played one game at home this season – defeating Northwestern State in its last contest, 66-64.
• In its first two games of the season, Alcorn State faced big time competition with the likes of Michigan (Miami’s 2010 WNIT Semifinal opponent) and the BIG EAST’s Marquette. The Braves lost both games – 88-43 and 93-54 respectively.

Miami women’s basketball home games will be streamed live on `Canes All-Access throughout the 2010-11 season. The only games that will not be streamed will be those televised on Regional Sports Network.

The service will be provided at a fee of $9.95 a month or $79.95 for a year. Visit hurricanesports.com/allaccess/ to sign up.

Women’s Basketball: UM vs. Alcorn State

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The Hurricanes 81-72 overtime win over No. 11 Georgetown on Dec. 7 was the first against a ranked non-conference opponent since Dec. 29, 2005, when Miami defeated No. 25 Ole Miss, 79-70, in the Hurricane Holiday Classic.

Sophomore Morgan Stroman is putting on a show so far this season. After averaging 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a freshman, the Hopkins, S.C. native has bumped those averages to 15.8 and 8.9 in her second season.

She has cracked the 20-point mark on four occasions already this young season and against Cal State Bakersfield, she grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds – the most from a Miami player since Tamara James pulled down 21 against USF on Nov. 22, 2002.

The Hurricanes won their own Thanksgiving Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years. Morgan Stroman was the named the tourney MVP as Miami cruised to wins over FAU and UNC Greensboro. Shenise Johnson was also named to the all-tournament team.

The University of Miami hosted and won the UM Thanksgiving Tournament with victories over FAU and UNC Greensboro. Miami will also play host to the UM Holiday Classic at the BankUnited Center Nov. 28-30.

In a special ceremony prior to the UAB game on Nov. 22, Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams were recognized by Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt and head coach Katie Meier for scoring their 1,000th career-points.

Johnson reached the benchmark during Miami’s WNIT quarterfinal matchup at Providence with a career-best 33-point performance. Williams surpassed the threshold in an 18-point effort against Miami (OH) on Nov. 20.

Johnson currently sits in 12th place all-time at Miami with 1,230 career points and needs 55 to pass Desma Thomas (1992-97) for 11th place. With 1,121 points, Williams ranks 16th all-time.

The 2010-11 women’s basketball season will be the first to offer multiple social media outlets for fans and loyal supporters of the program to keep current with the Hurricanes.

You can follow all University of Miami teams on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/hurricanesports or follow just women’s basketball at twitter.com/miamiwbb. Fans can also check out HurricaneSports and University of Miami Women’s Basketball on facebook.com to get up-to-date news and information on the women’s basketball program.
HurricaneSports.com will also have all the most recent bio information and stats for all the team’s players.

For even more exclusive content – including video interviews, photos and more – be sure to visit the UWomen’s Hoops Blog at

Miami guard Shenise Johnson was named to the Preseason All-ACC team as announced by the conference office on Oct. 26 from the ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day held at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Johnson becomes the first Hurricane since Tamara James in 2005 to be named a preseason all-conference member.

Duke’s Jasmine Thomas was named the Preseason Player of the Year.

Preseason Player of the Year
Jasmine Thomas, Sr., G, Duke

2010-11 Preseason All-ACC Team
Jessica Breland, Sr., F, North Carolina
Shenise Johnson, Jr., G, Miami
Carolyn Swords, Sr., C, Boston College
Jasmine Thomas, Sr., G, Duke
Courtney Ward, Sr., G, Florida State

With a season-high 10 three-pointers against Georgetown, the Hurricanes have made at least one three-point field goal in 301 straight games dating back to the 2000-01 season.

With a 17 points against Georgetown, Shenise Johnson has now scored in double-figures in 46 straight games – the highest active streak of any Atlantic Coast Conference player.

University of Miami junior guards Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson have been named to the 2010-11 Naismith Preseason Watch List as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Williams, known as `Fire’ for her explosiveness and ability to score in bunches is garnering national attention for the first time in her impressive career. Johnson, who has embraced the moniker `Ice’, because of her calm, cool and collected playing style, had previously been named to the Wade and Wooden Preseason Watch Lists.

Never before in program history has a pair of teammates been named to the list, but Johnson and Williams may come to expect national attention like this more often. In arguably the best women’s basketball conference in the country, the duo finished the 2009-10 season as the second- and third-best scorers in the ACC – Williams with 19.6 and Johnson with 19.0. Johnson was also the only player in the conference to rank among the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding (7.7 rpg) and assists (4.6 apg) from her guard position.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.

With an average of 15.1 steals per game, the Hurricanes rank third in the nation. Shenise Johnson and Morgan Stroman get their hands in on 3.3 and 3.2 thefts per game respectively, while Riquna Williams is close behind with 2.6 per outing. Stefanie Yderstrom, Sylvia Bullock, Krystal Saunders and Shanel Williams each average one or more steals per game and as a team, Miami has scored 28.6 points per game off of turnovers – compared to only 12.8 from its opponents.

The Hurricanes have signed Michelle Woods of Naples, Fla., junior college transfer Jessica Capers of Gastonia, N.C. and Tyler Hobgood of Oxford, N.C. to their 2011 incoming class.
Woods, out of Naples Community School has been ranked as high as the No. 44 overall prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz and as the 10th best shooting guard by All Star Girls’ Report.

Capers signed to play at West Virginia in 2007, but a knee injury sidelined her for her freshman season. During the Mountaineers’ 2009-10 campaign, the 6-2 forward saw action in 18 games, but she decided to transfer to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla. at the conclusion of the season.

Capers is ranked as the No. 3 overall junior college power forward in the country and 10th overall JC prospect according to the Dan Olson Collegiate Report.

Hobgood, a 6-1 power forward from JF Webb High School enters her senior season with a long list of accolades. She has already been named an all-conference performer on three occasions and has led her league in rebounding each of the last three seasons. Behind her aggressive play, JF Webb has won its conference’s regular season championship three straight years.

You can follow all University of Miami teams on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/hurricanesports or follow just women’s basketball at twitter.com/miamiwbb . Visit HurricaneSports.com and Miami Hurricanes Women’s Basketball on facebook to get all the up-to-date news and information on the women’s basketball team.