Johnson, Williams carry No. 10 Miami women past BC

Shenise Johnson scored 16 of her 22 points in the opening half to lead No. 10 Miami to its eighth straight win, an 88-57 rout over Boston College on Sunday.

The Hurricanes (19-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and pulled to a double digit lead on Riquna Williams' basket in the lane 5:44 into the game. Their advantage never dropped into single digits the rest of the way.

Williams had 15 of her 18 points in the first half while Stefanie Yderstrom added 15 points for Miami, which hasn't lost since dropping its conference opener at North Carolina on Jan. 2.

Tessah Holt paced Boston College (5-16, 0-8) with 12 points. The Eagles have lost eight straight.

Williams, who needs six points to become the program's fifth player to reach 2,000, also grabbed eight rebounds. Johnson became the fourth to reach the 2,000-point mark earlier this season.

Miami missed its first two shots from the floor before its superior tandem of Johnson and Williams combined with its pressure defense to take charge.

Johnson missed the first shot of the game — a short jumper in the lane — but hit six of her next eight during the first half. She scored eight of her team's initial 16 points as the Hurricanes pulled to a 13-point lead on her 3-pointer.

After Johnson's offensive surge, Williams dominated, scoring 11 straight Miami points and 13 of 16 as the Hurricanes pushed their lead to 27-11 midway into the half.

Johnson's two free throws gave the Hurricanes a 41-16 edge, their largest lead in the opening half.

Miami, which forced 15 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, led 48-27 at intermission.

The Hurricanes pushed their lead over 30 points (61-29) on Williams' basket early into the second half. They came out after intermission and scored 13 of the initial 15 points, making sure the Eagles wouldn't give them any threat.

Williams came down awkwardly after a basket late in the first half and walked to the bench gingerly, but she started the second half.

The Hurricanes entered the game leading the conference averaging 14.3 steals per game.