`Canes Claim 15th Straight in Win at Virginia Tech
Jan. 9, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team won its 15th consecutive game and opened 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in program history with a 69-56 victory over Virginia Tech Sunday at the Cassell Coliseum.
The Hurricanes were in for a battle early and the reigning ACC Player of the Week, Shenise Johnson was sent to the bench with 6:31 to go in the first half with a pair of fouls and her team trailing 22-19.
After the Hokies’ Aerial Wilson hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 25-19, Miami (16-1, 2-0 ACC) went on a 10-0 run without Johnson and led 29-25. The Hurricanes would never trail again.
When Johnson returned to the court in the second half, she regained her All-ACC form, ending the game with 19 points.
The `Canes defense stepped up its pressure after the break and turned the Hokies over 14 times. In all, Virginia Tech had 24 turnovers – the 16th Miami opponent with 20 or more turnovers on the season.
For the third straight game, Morgan Stroman recorded a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. She also led the `Canes with three steals and converted on two and-one situations.
Riquna Williams – the ACC’s leading scorer – was quiet in the first half, but scored 13 points after the break for a game-high 21 points.
Even though Johnson, Williams and Stroman lit up the stat sheet, it was timely buckets from freshman Krystal Saunders that were vital to Miami’s first half. The 2010 Miss Florida Basketball honoree hit a pair of threes and was tied for a game-high eight points at the half.
Virginia Tech (9-7, 0-2 ACC) was led by Brittany Gordon’s 10 points and 11 rebounds – her first double-double of the season. Shanel Harrison scored a team-high 11 points, while Alyssa Fenyn added 10 points of her own.
Miami returns to sunny South Florida for two games next weekend. Clemson will come to Coral Gables on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Boston College pays a visit to the BankUnited Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. Each game will be televised on Fox Sports South.
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