The Miami Hurricanes won 88-42 at home over the Boston College Eagles. The game was the last of the season and Senior Day. Shenise Johnson, Riquna Williams and Sylvia Bullock were honored. The Hurricanes lost their last game on the road to Duke and were looking to maintain their playoff standing.
The game was over very quickly. The Canes opened with an 11-0 run. All three seniors scored the first points. "Well, that's fate, that's meant to be," reflected Coach Katie Meier. When only nine minutes had passed, the score was 22-7 and Riquna Williams had 11 points, more than the whole BC team. The Eagles played sloppy and had 15 turnovers at the half. Williams had 15 points going into the locker room followed by Shenise Johnson's 10.
The Canes opened the second half on fire and quickly gained a 30-point lead. The seniors and starters sat out for a while and the game started to lull. Then, the seniors checked back in and immediately Riquna Williams made a shot that ignited the crowd. The girls played with heart, getting the lead past 40 until, at 4:28, Coach Meier pulled them out. The seniors left to a standing ovation. "It's a bittersweet moment," said Johnson. "It was a great feeling," said Williams. Bullock explained that it was nice to leave the game knowing "we played well."
In all, Bullock had four points, Johnson had 19 and Williams had 20. The Canes were also fueled by junior Stefanie Yderstrom who had 13 points and three 3-pointers on the day.
The Canes have won 40 games in a row at home. "Next time we take the court and they're not here we're gonna honor them with another win," promised Coach Meier.
The Canes now enter the ACC tournament, which starts March 1. They are ready to make history for the school. "We have an eagerness, a hunger. I don't think another team in the country had more fun playing today than the University of Miami women." Coach Meier explained how having fun is one of the team's keys to success. "We are focused therefore we can joke and laugh."