`Canes Roll in Final Non-Conference Game
Jan. 1, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team opened 2011 as it finished off 2010 with a convincing 91-52 victory over Lipscomb in the final non-conference game on the schedule. It marked the 17th consecutive win at the BankUnited Center and 13th straight overall for the Hurricanes.
The 14-1 record ties the best mark in program history after 15 games – tying the 1991-92 squad who went on to win the Big East.
The `Canes put out an impressive stat sheet highlighted by three double-doubles with Morgan Stroman (20 points, 10 rebounds), Riquna Williams (24 points, 11 rebounds), and Shenise Johnson (25 points, 10 rebounds) all reaching the plateau. It was the second time this season that Miami had three players record double-doubles as it also occurred in the season opener against Kennesaw State on November 12th.
The Hurricanes tenacious defense forced 25 Lady Bison turnovers while garnering 21 steals. Miami has forced at least 20 turnovers in all but one game this season and came into the contest ranked fourth in the nation in steals per game. Williams led the way with seven more steals – giving her 16 in the last two games.
Miami took the ball to the basket all day, putting pressure on the Lipscomb defense. The `Canes made a season-high 37 trips to the free throw line and hit on 29 of the attempts.
The home team also dominated the boards grabbing 54 rebounds to the Lady Bison’s 25. It was the fifth time this season the team picked up more than 50 caroms. Williams had a game and career-high tying 11 rebounds.
Miami led from the start and stayed ahead all afternoon going up by as many as 39 points toward the end of the second half.
Lipscomb (5-6) of the Atlantic Sun Conference was led by junior guard Anna Bowers who scored 15 points in 34 minutes of play. It was the first ever match-up between the two schools.
The `Canes travel to the Old Dominion state next week to open the ACC schedule with contests at Virginia (Jan. 6) and at Virginia Tech (Jan. 9).
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