UM's outside game stuns UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Miami coach Katie Meier knew her team would struggle to score inside against North Carolina's size.

So the Hurricanes used their 3-point shooting instead.

Riquna Williams had 25 points to help No. 20 Miami beat the No. 13 Tar Heels 78-66 on Sunday. The Hurricanes outscored North Carolina by 24 from 3-point range, making 10 of 24 attempts to 2 of 22 by the Tar Heels.

"That had to surprise Carolina a little bit," said Meier, whose team entered the game shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers.

"They're so unbelievably hard to score on in the paint against that you kind of have to get it in and kick it out and say a nice prayer and hope it goes in."

Morgan Stroman added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hurricanes (22-3, 8-2 ACC), who broke open a tie with a 10-0 run early in the second half.

Shenise Johnson had 16 points to help Miami win for the fourth time in five games and move into a tie for second place in the ACC.

Miami, which had lost six consecutive games to North Carolina before last season, beat the Tar Heels (22-4, 8-3) for the second year in a row.

ALABAMA 64, UF 59: The Gators (14-13, 4-9 SEC) committed a season-high 28 turnovers that the host Crimson Tide (13-12, 2-10) converted into 24 points. Florida led 34-24 at halftime but committed 11 turnovers before making its first field goal of the second half, with seven straight miscues fueling a 13-1 Alabama run.

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NO. 4 TENN. 65, VANDY 57: Shekinna Stricklen had 14 points and Lauren Avant 11 off the bench for the visiting Vols (24-2, 12-0 SEC), who rallied for their 15th straight win despite a 15-point first half, their third-worst half ever. Tennessee scored 13 against Rutgers on Jan. 3, 2009, and 14 against Virginia in an NCAA Tournament game March 25, 1996.

NO. 5 DUKE 66, B.C. 53: Krystal Thomas had 16 points and Allison Vernerey 15 for the host Blue Devils (23-2, 9-1 ACC), who blew it open with a 12-2 run midway through the second half.

NO. 11 MICH. ST. 69, MICHIGAN 56: Kalisha Keane had 18 points to lift the host Spartans (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) before the first sellout crowd at the Breslin Center for a women's game.

UVA 60, NO. 12 MARYLAND 57: Ariana Moorer scored 17 for the visiting Cavaliers, who used a late surge to hand the Terrapins (20-5, 6-4 ACC) their second straight loss.

NO. 15 KENTUCKY 49, LSU 47: Brittany Henderson made a layup with 1.1 seconds left, banking in an open look to lift the host Wildcats (19-6, 8-4 SEC).

ST. JOHN'S 75, NO. 16 G'TOWN 71, OT: Amanda Burakoski had 15 points for the host Red Storm, which held on to snap a six-game winning streak by the Hoyas (20-6, 8-4 Big East).

LOUISVILLE 57, NO. 17 W. VA. 47: Shoni Schimmel had 17 points for the host Cardinals, who handed the Mountaineers (20-6, 6-6 Big East) their third straight loss.

NO. 22 IOWA ST. 61, KANSAS ST. 53: Kelsey Bolte had 25 points for the host Cyclones (17-7, 5-5 Big 12) to score 20 or more for the ninth time in 10 conference games.

NO. 23 PENN ST. 80, INDIANA 77: Maggie Lucas had 18 points and the Nittany Lions (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) scored the final six to snap a four-game skid in Bloomington.

NO. 24 GEORGIA 61, OLE MISS 56: Jasmine James scored 19 for the visiting Bulldogs (19-6, 9-3 SEC), who trailed 31-25 at halftime.

UM's outside game stuns UNC 02/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 13, 2011 10:30pm]

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