Miami 80, No. 9 North Carolina 69

Shenise Johnson had enough of Miami’s losing streak.

Johnson had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Miami snapped a

three-game losing streak with an 80-69 victory over No. 9 North

Carolina on Thursday night.

“The last few games we felt as if we were carrying rocks on our

shoulders,” Johnson said. “We definitely were very hungry coming

off a three game losing streak.

“People don’t expect us to win but we do.”

Johnson also had six assists and eight steals as Miami won its

second game of the season over a ranked team. The Hurricanes

defeated No. 13 Florida State Jan. 10.

“I just came out and did what I’ve been doing all my life,”

Johnson said. “It kind of came easy.”

The Hurricanes broke a 61-61 tie with 10 consecutive points late

in the second half. Johnson scored seven points during the spurt

and her two free throws with 3:18 remaining capped the run.

Riquna Williams finished with 19 points for the Hurricanes

(15-7, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference).

“Broken? That’s not this team, they’re too resilient,” Miami

coach Katie Meier said of the team’s recent struggles. “I could

tell that my team not just wanted to win but was very

composed.”

Waltiea Rolle scored 20 points for North Carolina (16-5, 4-3),

which lost its second straight.

“We’re not quite the team that we usually are,” North Carolina

coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “We just have to take more pride and

keep working and hope come tournament time to make a run.”

Trailing 34-21, the Tar Heels outscored Miami 13-5 in the final

4:16 of the first half.

But the Tar Heels could not add to the advantage and the

Hurricanes retook the lead with an 11-3 spurt in the next 2:15.

“It’s very hard to lead North Carolina the entire game,” Meier

said. “They always take it back to you. For us to sustain that

with the youth that we have was so impressive.”

The Hurricanes led most of the first half after an 18-4 run

capped by Shanel Williams’ field goal with 10:19 remaining. Miami

increased its lead to 29-16 on Charmaine Clark’s short jumper with

7:40 remaining.

“Life in the ACC is strange,” Meier said. “We’ve now beaten

two of the three ranked teams in the conference and dropped some

games that we shouldn’t have. That’s the ACC.”