No. 22 `Canes Rally Past Boston College for 17th Straight
Jan. 16, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The 22nd-ranked University of Miami women’s basketball team came from behind in the second half to defeat Boston College 65-53 at the BankUnited Center on Sunday. The victory extends the Hurricanes’ win streak to 17 games – tied for the nation’s longest.
Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson picked up where they left off from Friday scoring a combined 53 points to help improve the `Canes to 4-0 in the ACC, matching the same amount of conference wins as last season.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 34-27 two minutes into the second half, before head coach Katie Meier called a 30 second timeout. Miami had not trailed an opponent by that much since their loss at Nebraska in the second game of the season.
However, the ACC’s two leading scorers, Johnson and Williams led a 12-0 run over the next six minutes capped by a Morgan Stroman fast break layup to take the lead 39-34 – taking control of the game.
Williams and Johnson showed their ability on both sides of the floor pushing the tempo, attempting to neutralize the size advantage Boston College held.
For the game, Williams totaled 33 points – including six three-point baskets. She is averaging 26.3 points per game in conference games this season and dating back to last season, she has scored at least 20 points in seven straight ACC contests.
Johnson also continued her stellar play, scoring 20 points – hitting 8-of-10 from the free throw line. The junior also collected a team-high seven rebounds. However, it was her career-high nine steals that proved to be important to Miami as she helped keep the ball away from the Boston College frontcourt.
The Hurricanes (18-1, 4-0 ACC) tallied 15 fast break points while not allowing the Eagles (14-4, 1-2 ACC) to score any.
The visitors challenged Miami from the start with their size in the frontcourt, led by All-ACC center Carolyn Swords as BC took a 30-27 lead into the half. Swords nearly registered a double-double at the break with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Boston College’s size led to a dominate performance on the boards – holding a 48-27 advantage on the afternoon, but it was its 31 turnovers that was its downfall. Miami’s pressure defense has now forced at least 20 turnovers in all but one game this season.
The Hurricanes defense held the Eagles to a season-low 53 points, 32 below their average.
With the win, Miami also extends their home winning streak to 19 in a row.
The Hurricanes will now enjoy an eight-day layoff before heading to Tallahassee, Fla. to face rival Florida St. on January 24th.
The win today…
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-UM forward Julian Gamble