Both the men’s and women’s basketball season openers take place tomorrow at the BankUnited Center. The women tip off at noon and the men at 7:30pm. The women are led by juniors Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams (below) and the men by sixth year senior Adrian Thomas (above).
Johnson, named to the first team, scored 18.6 points per game and led the `Canes with 7.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
Williams, named to the second team, was the ACC’s second leading scorer this season with 19.5 points per game and set a new school single season record for three pointers with 83.
Riquna Williams scored five of her 27 points in OT. She also set a new school single season record for three point shots by making five in the game, giving her 83 so far this season.
Behind Riquna Williams’ two three-pointers in the final minute, including the game-winner with 2.4 seconds left, and Shenise Johnson’s 17 points, the Hurricanes snapped the Maryland Terrapins’ 48 game home winning streak 80-77 on Thursday. The streak was the second longest active home winning streak in the nation, behind only Connecticut’s current 58 game streak.
The ‘Canes (13-2) earned their first win over a top-15 team since beating #10 Purdue on December 19, 1991.
The ‘Canes (12-2) are led by sophomore guard Riquna Williams, who is averaging 22.1 points per game, and sophomore forward Shenise Johnson, who is averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Riquna Williams, who came into yesterday’s game with Houston leading the ACC with 27.5 points per game, went off for 21 second-half points and scored 28 for the day as the ‘Canes defeated the Cougars 68-54 to move to 5-0 on the season. The Pahokee, Fla. native hit four three-pointers and had two other three-point plays in the contest.