No. 5 Miami 88, Boston College 42

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 26, 2012
No. 5 Miami 88, Boston College 42. Updates. With AP Photos. By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Riquna Williams scored 20 points, Shenise Johnson added 19 and No. 5 Miami capped its Atlantic Coast Conference regular season with a 88-42 win over Boston College on Sunday. It was the 40th straight home win for the Hurricanes (25-4, 14-2), who bounced back from Friday's loss at No. 7 Duke by grabbing a quick 14-0 lead over the Eagles. Stefanie Yderstrom scored 13 points for Miami, which will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament and play a quarterfinal game on Friday in Greensboro, N.C. Kristen Doherty scored 10 for Boston College (7-22, 2-14), which was outscored 176-99 in its two meetings with the Hurricanes this season. The Eagles will finish with their worst record in 17 years, barring an unlikely run through the ACC and NCAA tournaments. Boston College has lost 25 of their last 32 games against conference opponents and has never finished over .500 in ACC play. So maybe this outcome was predictable. Playing in their final home games as Hurricanes, Williams and Johnson combined for 25 points in the first half, outscoring Boston College by three over that span. It was 45-22 at the intermission, after Miami - which went 11 deep in the opening 20 minutes - shot 55 percent and Boston College committed 15 turnovers. Miami cashed in those giveaways early and often, outscoring the Eagles 18-0 in points off turnovers, 12-2 in the paint and 9-0 on fast breaks in the half. And as if there was any doubt, the Hurricanes opened the second half on an 11-0 run, Johnson scoring seven of those points as Miami stretched the lead to 56-22 with 17:08 left to play. A 3-pointer from Yderstrom made it 61-24 with 15:54 left, and the lead was still at 37 points when Hurricanes coach Katie Meier emptied the bench with just under 14 minutes remaining. The starters returned six minutes later, for one more short stint. When the seniors came out of a home game for the final time, Meier motioned for the crowd to stand and cheer - while clearly struggling to contain her own emotions. Now Miami can turn attention toward its biggest goal, the postseason. The Hurricanes are 53-9 since the start of last season, that win total alone eclipsing the 50 put up in a four-year span before Johnson and Williams arrived on campus as freshmen. Miami made the WNIT championship game two years ago, lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season and figures to have a shot at making perhaps the deepest NCAA run in school history this time around. The Hurricanes have reached the round of 16 in the NCAA only once - 20 years ago.
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