January 10, 2011 — Coral Gables — For the second straight year, the University of Miami women's basketball team is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after opening its season with a 16-1 record and 15 consecutive victories - the second-best win-streak in school history.
The Hurricanes have been led by the three-headed attack of junior guards Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams and sophomore forward Morgan Stroman. Williams and Johnson are the ACC Nos. 1 and 2 scorers in averaging 19.8 and 19.1 points per game respectively. Stroman also averages double-figures with 14.5 points per night.
Head coach Katie Meier led her squad to road wins over Virginia and Virginia Tech this past week to open 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time in school history.
"I'm certainly happy that our players and staff have been recognized nationally for all their hard work," said Meier. "I have a lot of faith and belief in our team and I am confident we will keep practicing and preparing for the ACC schedule in order to reach our goals moving forward."
Last season, Miami briefly earned a No. 25 ranking in the AP Poll after its 78-70 victory over No. 13 Florida State, but after a loss to No. 8 Duke, the `Canes were unable to maintain their position. Prior to that, the Hurricanes last ranking came on Feb. 23, 2004 when they held the No. 21 spot.
The Hurricanes 17-game home win-streak - the second longest in school history - will be put on the line when Clemson and Boston College visit Coral Gables this weekend. Clemson will visit the BankUnited Center this Friday at 8:30 p.m., while the `Canes will host Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games with be televised on Fox Sports Florida.
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