Williams scores 24 as Miami women top NC State


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Riquna Williams scored 17 of her 24 points in the first half to help No. 6 Miami beat North Carolina State 73-61 on Thursday night.

Shawnice Wilson added career highs with 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Hurricanes (23-3, 12-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who remain a game back of first-place Duke in the league race.

Stefanie Yderstrom scored 12 points to help Miami get its first win at N.C. State in seven tries.

Myisha Goodwin-Coleman scored 14 points to lead N.C. State (15-12, 4-9), which dropped its fourth consecutive conference game. Marissa Kastanek added 12 points and Bonae Holston had 10 for the Wolfpack.

Miami shot 54.5 percent in the first half en route to a 44-32 halftime lead and held on for its 12th consecutive victory.

The Wolfpack pulled to 49-43 on Goodwin-Coleman's third 3-pointer in a three-minute span, but they never got closer.

Wilson sandwiched a left-handed bucket in the lane in between a pair of layups by Williams, and the Hurricanes led 55-43 with 13:54 to play.

Kastanek, N.C. State's leading scorer, left the game with a right leg injury with 8:12 remaining and did not return. She fell to the floor away from the ball and remained down while coach Kellie Harper and trainers attended to her.

Trainers carried Kastanek to the locker room as she struggled to put any weight on her right leg. Kastanek returned to the bench with 5:30 to play, her right ankle heavily wrapped.

Williams had been quiet before blowing open a tight game late in the first half with an impressive array of shots on five consecutive possessions. She scored 11 straight points in a span of 1:54, turning a three-point Miami lead into a 44-30 advantage.

Williams started with a jumper from the top then delivered a tough fall-away shot from the left baseline. She banked in an acrobatic layup for a three-point play in transition before draining two more jumpers off the dribble.

Miami raced out to a 20-8 lead in the first six minutes behind a couple of 3-pointers from Yderstrom.

N.C. State answered with a 14-2 run to tie the game at 22 on a 3-pointer by Erica Donovan.

The conditions were cool and rainy outside, but the teams and fans enjoyed Beach Night inside Reynolds Coliseum. N.C. State's coaches wore matching Hawaiian shirts, with Harper sporting some back flip flops. Each member of Miami's coaching staff wore a lei in either green or orange.