CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami was able to overcome its subpar
shooting to pull out another convincing victory.
Stefanie Yderstrom and Riquna Williams scored 14 points each to
help the Hurricanes (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) overcome 37-percent shooting in a
64-39 win over Wake Forest on Thursday night.
Shenise Johnson added 10 points and 12 rebounds as Miami (18-3,
7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got its seventh straigth win overall
and 36th straight at home.
"This wasn't a momentum win at all," Miami coach Katie Meier
said. "I'm complimenting Wake Forest when I say it was an ugly
win. That's a compliment to their staff and how well they prepare
"It was kind of disjointed, gritty, grimy and scrummy. We had
to play it."
Miami led by 13 at halftime and stretched the advantage to 37-20
on consecutive baskets by Shenise Johnson and Sylvia Bullock in the
first 1:17 of the second half.
Sandra Garcia's jumper with 7:01 remaining got Wake Forest to
52-39. Johnson and Yderstrom followed with consecutive 3-pointers
and extended the Hurricanes' lead to 58-39.
"I try to let the shot come to me and not rush it," said
Yderstrom, who hit three 3-pointers.
Williams' layup with 1:59 remaining gave Miami its first
20-point lead at 60-39, and the Hurricanes finished the game on a
12-0 run, holding the Deamon Deacons scoreless after Garcia's
Secily Ray scored nine points to lead Wake Forest (12-8, 2-5),
which shot just 25 percent (15 for 60).
"You've got to score to beat Miami," Wake Forest coach Mike
Petersen said. "You can't expect to come down here and play in the
50s. We were trying to get to 70s to get it done. We didn't make
enough shots and didn't execute well."
The Demon Deacons stayed close until Miami used a 9-0 run to
take a 33-18 lead on Williams' jumper inside the lane with 1:18 to
go in the first half.
Miami held Wake Forest without a field goal for a 6:03 span
until Brooke Thomas' jumper 18 seconds later ended the drought and
pulled the Hurricanes within 13 at halftime.
"It was grimy out there. It felt like an ACC game," Johnson
said. "I think they messed up our timing a little bit and did a
great job of being physical."
Both teams struggled offensively during the first 10 minutes of
the first half. The Hurricanes shot 6 for 20 from the field and the
Demon Deacons were 4 for 15.
Millesa Calicott's 3-pointer with 7:57 remaining reduced the
Hurricanes' lead to 24-18 before Miami went on its late first half
"They were matching us point for point and had more energy than
us to start the game," Meier said. "But after they got through
that our defense just took over."
Johnson missed her first four shots but finished the first half
with 10 rebounds and four assists.
"They weren't frustrating me," Johnson said. "My shot wasn't
falling so I said, 'let me do something else.' I started to
distribute the ball and get my team shots. They did a very good job
of knocking them down."