CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Riquna Williams scored 22 points to lead Miami (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) to a 78-68 victory over North Carolina State on Thursday night.
Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the second half as the Hurricanes (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) withstood a rally by the Wolfpack and expanded a 66-61 lead with a 12-0 run. Maria Brown's layup with 1:45 remaining ended the surge and gave Miami a 78-61 lead.The Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2) rallied from a 49-29 deficit early in the second half with 13 straight points. Krystal Barrett scored 10 points during the run and her two free throws with 13:27 remaining cut Miami's lead to 49-42.Williams' putback with 10:01 left increased Miami's lead to 55-46. North Carolina State got within 55-52 with 8:16 left.Barrett scored 14 points to lead the Wolfpack.