CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami more than shook off its
frustrations from a 16-point loss at Tennessee.
Shenise Johnson scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes to a
107-26 rout over Prairie View Thursday night.
The 81-point margin of victory set a Miami school record. The Hurricanes set the previous mark by beating Homestead Air Force Base, 100-20, on Jan. 14, 1976.
"I thought that was a tremendous performance by our bench but
it was initially a statement from our starters," Miami coach Katie
Meier said. They played very angry, very determined and with a ton
of confidence but with an absolute focus of fixing what we didn't
do well at Tennessee."
Tennessee outscored the Hurricanes by 16 in the second half and
defeated Miami, 92-76. Meier praised her team's defensive effort
against Prairie View.
"We didn't like having 92 points scored against us," Meier
said. "So we had a mission we were going to shut down and play
Meier substituted freely early. The Miami reserves played 52
minutes and the starters 48 in the first half.
"Those veterans, the starters, set the tone. They were the
Johnson struggled offensively against Tennessee and made up for
it by shooting 10 of 12, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range.
Johnson played only 20 minutes.
"I was disappointed with my effort at Tennessee," said
Johnson, who shot 8 of 19 and hit one 3-pointer against
the Volunteers. "I was just focused on hitting shots."
The Hurricanes (2-1) ran off to a 19-0 start in the opening 5:17
and eventually built a 39-2 lead with 10:30 remaining in the first
half. Johnson scored 10 points in Miami's early surge and finished
the half with 17 points.
Prairie View, a 2011 NCAA tournament qualifier from the
Southwest Athletic Conference, was held without a field goal until
Jeannette Jackson's short jumper with 9:40 remaining that made the
Miami led 60-9 at halftime. The Hurricanes forced 26 Panthers
turnovers and allowed three field goals on 22 attempts in the first
half. Their pressure defense also resulted in 17 first half steals.
The Hurricanes outscored the Panthers, 15-2, in the first 8:10
of the second for a 75-11 lead. Morgan Stroman and Sylvia Bullock
scored four points each during the run.
The Panthers reached double figures with 16:07 remaining in the
second half after Michaela Burton's jumper for a 68-11 Miami lead.
Burton led the Panthers with 14 points.
"I told (the players) we were going to throw them in the fire
early," Prairie View coach Toyelle Wilson said. "Miami is
ranked number seven for a reason.
Johnson's 3-pointer with 4:16 remaining gave the Hurricanes
their first 80-point lead, 101-19. Johnson finished 5 of 5 from
behind the arc.
For the game, the Hurricanes made 10 of 17 3-pointers.
Stefanie Yderstrom scored 13 points and Stroman finished with 12
points for the Hurricanes.
Before the game, the Hurricanes players and coaches were
presented with their 2010-11 ACC regular season championship rings.
Two banners also were displayed from the rafters recognizing
the team's the conference regular season title and its berth in the
2011 NCAA tournament.