No. 7 Miami mounts 17-1 first-half run; Clemson can't answer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami's 37th consecutive home win perhaps came at a big expense.

Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead the No. 7 Hurricanes to a 68-47 victory over Clemson Sunday afternoon. But the Hurricanes could be missing guard and second leading scorer Riquna Williams for Wednesday's game against North Carolina (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP).

Williams, who averages 15.6 points, left the game with 14:53 in the second half after she hit her head as she collided with teammate Michelle Woods while chasing a loose ball. Williams stayed on the floor for three minutes then walked gingerly toward the locker room and didn't return.

"They're going to take some precautionary looks on her because anytime it's a head and neck...," Miami coach Katie Meier said in a post-game news conference. "We had three doctors in the locker room right now. We'll know more. They're concerned."

Meier isn't sure about Williams' status on Wednesday.

Johnson picked up the void for Williams, who scored 15 points before her injury -- including the 2,000th of her career. Johnson scored 12 points in the second half and finished with 15 rebounds.

"Coach told us in the locker room that we need to be tougher (in the second half)," Johnson said. "I had to change my whole mindset and shots started going in."

The Hurricanes (20-3, 9-1 ACC) broke the game open with a 17-1 run midway through the first half. Williams hit two 3-pointers and Johnson and Shawnice Wilson scored five points each during the Miami surge.

Williams' second 3-pointer with 11:09 remaining gave her 2,000 points in her Hurricanes' career.

Johnson's 3-pointer with 6:24 remaining ended the spurt and increased the Miami lead to 26-8. The Hurricanes held Clemson without a basket for a 9:29 stretch.

"We had really nice ball movement," Meier said. "We played a decent game but there were some individual things that you've got to finish."

"Our one consistent thing has been Shenise Johnson. She absolutely made sure that we won tonight."

Clemson (6-15, 2-8) got to within single digits after an 8-0 spurt late in the first half. Quinyotta Pettaway's put back basket with 1:00 ended the run and cut Miami's lead to 27-18.

Nikki Dixon scored 16 points to lead Clemson, which has lost five of their last six.

"They pressed us and bothered us in the first half," Clemson coach Itoro Coleman said. "In the second half we handled their pressure better than the first half."

Williams' 3-pointer with 15:24 remaining in the second half gave the Hurricanes their first 20-point lead at 44-24.

The Tigers got no closer than 46-31 after a 5-0 run capped by Shaniqua Pauldo's free throw with 9:57 remaining in the second half.

"There were different points of the game that we fought," Coleman said "I felt Miami was very physical and we were able to withstand some of that. We were able to get some shots that we were looking for. We just didn't knock them down."