Hurricanes Too Much for UC Riverside in 81-59 Win
Dec. 18, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team jumped to a 10-0 lead to open the game and never looked back in its 81-59 victory over visiting UC Riverside Saturday at the BankUnited Center.
Miami used its pressure defense throughout to keep the Highlanders off balance – forcing 26 turnovers that led to 35 Hurricane points. UC Riverside only scored 12 points off of Miami’s 13 miscues.
For the fourth time of the season, sophomore Morgan Stroman led her team in points – scoring 19 on Saturday. The Hopkins, S.C. native connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts and was 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Shenise Johnson, Riquna Williams and freshman Krystal Saunders each scored in double-figures as well. Johnson poured in 18 and extended her consecutive game with double-digit points to an ACC best 48 straight games.
In her first action on the court since being named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday, Williams scored 11 points and had her hand in on a game-high five steals.
Saunders scored an early career-best 10 points, hitting on five of her nine field goal attempts.
The athleticism and discipline possessed by the Hurricanes, especially in the early going, was just too much for the visitors. Before the second media timeout, the `Canes were already in the bonus and had yet to commit their first foul.
The `Canes ended its season-long nine-game homestand with a perfect record and moved to 10-1 to start the season. Miami opened the 2009-10 season in the same fashion and ended its year with an appearance WNIT Championship game.
UC Riverside (6-3) was led on the offensive end by guard Tre’Shonti Nottingham’s 13 points. Brittany Palmer came off the bench for the Highlanders and scored 11 points of her own. However, UCR was held to only 40 percent shooting and were dominated in the paint – where Miami held a 42-24 advantage.
The Hurricanes will face Ole Miss on Tuesday in Oxford, Miss. at 1 p.m. EST. A win would equal the third best start in program history and momentum headed into the week-long holiday break.
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