Women’s Basketball Moves to No. 17 in AP poll

(January 20, 2011) — After home victories over Atlantic Coast Conference foes Clemson and Boston College, the University of Miami women’s basketball team has moved up to No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The ’Canes have opened their season with an 18-1 record and have won 17 consecutive games—the second-best win streak in school history and tied with No. 3 Duke for the nation’s longest current streak. The Hurricanes 4-0 start in conference play is a first since joining the ACC in 2004.

Miami was led by junior guards Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson in its perfect week. Williams and Johnson are No. 1 and No. 2 in the ACC in scoring, averaging 20.9 and 19.1 points per game, respectively. Williams just earned her third ACC Player of the Week honor of the season after scoring a combined 62 points in the wins over the Tigers and Eagles.

The Hurricanes’ No. 17 ranking is the highest since they were ranked 17th on January 26, 2004. Prior to that, Miami hadn’t been ranked as high since it was No. 16 on December 15, 1992. The highest-ever ranking for UM came during the 1991-92 season when it was riding a program-best 30-game win streak at No. 6.

Last season, Miami briefly earned a No. 25 ranking in the AP Poll after its 78-70 victory over then No. 13 Florida State.

Led by Head Coach Katie Meier, the Hurricanes will return to the hardwood when they face the No. 21 Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on Monday, January 24 at 7 p.m.

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