No. 22 `Canes Face Big Test Against Boston College

No. 22 `Canes Face Big Test Against Boston College

Jan. 15, 2011

Clemson (14-3, 1-1 ACC) at Miami (17-1, 3-0 ACC)

Date & Tip Time: Sunday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m.
Location: Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for children
TV: Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports South, CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: WVUM 90.5 –
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Undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 3-0 record, the Hurricanes will face their toughest test yet with 14-3 Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports South and CSN Mid-Atlantic.

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• Miami is ranked No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the ESPN/Coaches poll and has won 16 straight games – tied with Duke for the longest current win streak in the nation.
• Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson are Nos. 1 and 2 in the Atlantic Coast in scoring with 20.3 and 19.0 points per game respectively.
• Boston College’s Carolyn Swords leads the nation with an astounding 72.4 field goal percentage. She also led the NCAA each of the last two season in that category.
• The Eagles are only one of a handful of teams that score more points that the Hurricanes. Their 84.9 points per game is second in the ACC and fifth in the nation.

After receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/Coaches Poll for the past several weeks, the Hurricanes finally cracked the Top 25 with a No. 22 ranking in the AP poll and a No. 25 spot in the ESPN/Coaches poll.

Miami was ranked No. 25 in the AP poll for one week last season, but prior to that the `Canes hadn’t been ranked in either poll since the 2003-04 season.

The Hurricanes are a perfect 14-0 at home this season and have won 18 consecutive games inside the BankUnited Center dating back to the `Canes regular season-finale overtime win over Boston College on Feb. 28, 2010.

The 18 straight wins at home is tied for the second-longest home winning streak in program history and is the longest since the 1997-1998 through 1998-99 seasons.

The longest home winning streak came during the 1990-91 through 1992-93 season. That streak spanned 24 games.

Shenise Johnson’S DOMINANCE
In claiming her third career ACC Player of the Week award (Jan. 3), Johnson may have had the best week of her collegiate career. In three straight wins over Morgan State, Lipscomb and Virginia, the junior matched a career-best with 11 made field goals – scoring 22, 25 and 30 points respectively. She also grabbed double-digit boards in those games, and now has seven double-doubles this season – most among ACC guards.

NOS. 1 AND 2
As of Jan. 12, Miami junior Riquna Williams was leading the ACC with 20.3 points per game. In the conference the closest person to her is fellow teammate Shenise Johnson, who is scoring 19.0 points per game.

Miami has won 16 straight games overall – the second longest streak in program history and is the longest current win streak in the country – tied with No. 3 Duke.

The Hurricanes have only reached a winning streak of at least 10 games five times previously and its the first such streak for the `Canes since the 1992-93 season, when they won 10 consecutive games.

The longest winning streak in team history occurred during the 1991-92 season, when Miami won 30 straight games.

The Hurricanes won Miami Holiday Classic at the BankUnited Center with decisive wins over George Washington and Morgan State.

Junior Shenise Johnson was named the classic’s MVP while Riquna Williams and Stefanie Yderstrom were named to the Miami Holiday All-Classic Team.

The greatest player in Miami women’s basketball history had her jersey honored prior to the Morgan State game on Dec. 30.

Tamara James’ jersey is just the third to be honored at Miami, joining Maria Rivera (1984-88) and Frances Savage (1988-92).

James still holds the school scoring record at 2,406 points. The South Florida native is the only player from the University of Miami to be taken in the first round of the WNBA Draft, going to the Washington Mystics as the seventh overall pick in 2006.

Everyone knows that Miami junior Shenise Johnson is a great talent. However, there are plenty of numbers to back that up. As was the case last season, Johnson is currently the only player in the ACC to rank in the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists. Below are some of her conference rankings.

19.0 ppg – 2nd
8.1 rpg – 6th
.520 field goal % – 9th
3.7 apg – 9th
.912 free throw % – 1st
3.2 spg – 2nd
1.6 assist/turnover ratio – 6th

Miami is one of seven ACC teams that ranks among the Top 50 in the latest RPI rankings.

Rank Team SS Rank
1. Duke 2
11. Maryland 28
15. Florida State 47
18. Georgia Tech 44
28. Miami 145
47. North Carolina 226
50. Virginia 21
54. Boston College 141
103. Virginia Tech 73
133. Clemson 95
141. NC State 149
150. Wake Forest 198

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The Hurricanes won Miami Holiday Classic at the BankUnited Center with decisive wins over George Washington and Morgan State.
Junior Shenise Johnson was named the classic’s MVP while Riquna Williams and Stefanie Yderstrom were named to the Miami Holiday All-Classic Team.

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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.

Miami was dominant in its 82-46 win over Ole Miss on Dec. 18. In fact, the 36-point margin of victory was the largest ever in a game against a BCS Conference opponent on the road and the most in any game since an 80-43 win at home against St. John’s on Feb. 14, 2001.

The `Canes 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-tourney team.

With an average of 15.4 steals per game, the Hurricanes rank third in the nation. Riquna Williams get her hands in on 3.4 thefts per game, while Shenise Johnson and Morgan Stroman are close behind with 3.2 and 3.1 per outing respectively. Stefanie Yderstrom, Sylvia Bullock, Krystal Saunders and Shanel Williams each average one or more steals per game and as a team, Miami has scored 30.5 points per game off of turnovers – compared to only 12.5 from its opponents.

Riquna Williams earned the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor as announced by the conference office on Dec. 27.

The honor is the fourth in Williams’ career after winning the award earlier this season (Dec. 13) and twice as a sophomore. The Pahokee, Fla. native scored a season-high tying 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting in Miami’s convincing 82-46 victory at Ole Miss on Dec. 21.

Williams earner her first player of the week accolade earlier in the season after scoring a game-high 23 points in a win over No.11 Georgetown (Dec.7), while grabbing six rebounds and swatting away a pair of shots. Williams also scored a game-high 18 points in Miami’s lopsided victory over Alcorn State on Dec. 11.

With her four weekly awards, Williams joins Boston College’s Carolyn Swords for the most ACC Player of the Week awards among active players.

With 18 points against Virginia Tech, Shenise Johnson has now scored in double-figures in 55 straight games – the highest active streak of any Atlantic Coast Conference player.

With nine three-pointers against Clemson, including six from Riquna Williams, the Hurricanes have made at least one three-point field goal in 310 straight games dating back to the 2000-01 season.

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.

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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 9th place all-time at Miami with 1,411 career points and needs 52 points to pass Kym Hope (1995-99) for eighth place. With 1,299 points, Williams ranks 11th all-time.

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.

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

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.

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