Williams powers Miami (Fla.) to win
Hurricanes defeat top-five foe for first time in team history
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Riquna Williams scored 34 points as No. 13 Miami defeated a top-five team for the first time by beating No. 5 Maryland 75-63 Thursday night.
Williams tied a career high with eight 3-pointers, the last coming with two minutes left to put Miami ahead by 11 points. The Hurricanes won despite missing 21 consecutive shots in the first half, when they went 10 minutes without a basket to squander an early 12-point lead.
The Hurricanes (14-3 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their home winning streak to 34 games. Maryland (16-1, 3-1) was held 21 points below its scoring average of 84.4 points per game, best in the nation.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 4 Stanford 62, Utah 43|
|No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 75, No. 5 Maryland 63|
|No. 9 Kentucky 61, No. 6 Tennessee 60|
|No. 11 Ohio State 82, Northwestern 72|
|No. 14 Green Bay 68, Wright State 50|
|No. 15 Nebraska 75, Wisconsin 69|
|No. 17 Purdue 72, Minnesota 55|
|No. 19 Georgia 61, Florida 55|
|No. 20 Delaware 69, UNC-Wilmington 37|
|Clemson 52, No. 22 North Carolina 47|
|No. 23 Gonzaga 87, San Francisco 52|
|LSU 58, No. 24 South Carolina 48|
|No. 25 Vanderbilt 66, Auburn 58|
Miami outscored Maryland by 33 points from 3-point range and won even though Shenise Johnson shot 2 for 15 and had just six points, 10 below her average. That ended her streak of scoring in double figures in 87 consecutive games.
Williams shot 12 for 24, including 8 for 14 from 3-point range. Stefanie Yderstrom went 4-for-7 beyond the arc and scored 12 points. Morgan Stroman added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Hurricanes, who had an eight-rebound edge despite Maryland’s height advantage.
Alyssa Thomas had 18 points for the Terrapins but committed eight turnovers. Laurin Mincy was held to six points, nearly nine below her average.
The Terrapins went 2 for 11 from 3-point range, while Miami shot 13 for 28. The loss was the first for Maryland since it was beaten in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year.
Miami trailed by seven points early in the second half but regained the lead when a 3-pointer by Williams made it 47-46. She made back-to-back 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that put the Hurricanes up 64-56 with less than four minutes left.
Williams scored 15 points in the first 8 1/2 minutes to help the Hurricanes take a 22-10 lead. They then went cold, and a 15-1 run by the Terrapins put them ahead.
The Terps started 5-for-19 but sank five consecutive shots to get back in the game. They were up 27-25 at halftime.