No. 16 `Canes Top NC State for 20th Straight Home Win
Jan. 27, 2011
By Rob Dunning
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A team known for its high scoring offense, the Hurricanes had been anything but in their last two outings, averaging 65.5 points while shooting a combined 32 percent in a win over a Boston College and a loss at Florida State.
Thursday night, everything fell back into place for the 16th-ranked University of Miami women’s team as the `Canes re-found their scoring touch in an 84-77 win over visiting NC State at the BankUnited Center.
Following Miami’s loss at FSU on Monday – the Hurricanes’ first loss since mid-November – head coach Katie Meier was quick to point out her team let a poor shooting night affect their overall game. Fortunately, that wasn’t going to be a problem against the Wolfpack as Miami shot 45.2 percent from the field and dropped in a season-high for points against an ACC opponent.
The win improved Miami’s record to 19-2 overall and 5-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, keeping pace with second-place Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets improved to 6-1 Thursday night with a win at Virginia Tech.
The victory improved Miami’s mark at home this year to 16-0, while also extending its overall winning streak at the BUC to 20 straight games – the second-longest streak of success in program history.
The game started slow for the `Canes, as the action went back and forth for the better part of the first half. It wasn’t until late in the initial period that Miami began to assert its dominance. Up just one with a little less than two minutes to play until the half, a three-pointer by Johnson, a fast-break bucket by Williams and then a lay-in in the waning moments by Stroman put the `Canes up 42-36 at the break.
Both teams shot better in the second half. Miami stretched its lead to as much as 15 with 10 minutes to play, and while the Wolfpack hung around and pulled a little closer, the game was never really in doubt.
As she has done so many times in her career, Johnson carried the team in the end, scoring 12 of her 19 after the break on 4-of-7 shooting in the second half.
In addition to the Hurricanes strong shooting night, the team found some more success inside, out-rebounding NC State 41-to-36 while scoring 10 more points in the paint than the Wolfpack.
Johnson (9), Stroman (7) and Wiliams (5) combined for nearly half of the team’s rebounding total.
To round out the offensive outing by the `Canes, Miami dished out 17 assists after distributing just four as a team Monday night at FSU. Stefanie Yderstrom directed the offensive game-high five.
The `Canes will look to extend their home winning streak this weekend when they play host to Georgia Tech on Sunday at the BankUnited Center. For tickets, call 1-800-GO-CANES or visit www.HurricaneSports.com.
With the win, the Hurricanes are now…
Last season’s meeting between the Hurricanes and Wolfpack was played before a national television audience at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh with the hosts pulling out a dramatic 66-64 victory.
Lighting it up
Running away with it
I’ll take that
The `Canes were able to convert many of their steals into 16 total fastbreak points on the night.
Miami won the rebounding battle 41-36 overall.