Two big stories headlined the Atlantic Coast Conference news last week. The first was No. 13/16 Miami's bounce back from a shaky start to hand No. 5 Maryland its first loss of the 2011-12 season, 75-63.
It sure didn't look like an upset in the making during one of the worst first-half performances of the Hurricanes' season, however. The 'Canes fared well enough for the first eight minutes, quickly running up a 12-point (22-10) lead, but then proceeded to squander it, missing an unprecedented 21 straight shots as the Terps held them scoreless from the field for the next 10 minutes, while Maryland ran off on a 15-1 run.
By the time Sylvia Bullock finally netted Miami's next bucket, the score stood tied at 25 and only a minute and change remained in the first half.
Fortunately for the 1,500 home fans in attendance, it was also the lowest scoring opening half of the season for the Terps, and Miami headed into the break trailing by just two points, 25-27, having shot a miserable 26.3 percent (10-38) from the field for the period.
Maryland wasted no timing in stretching its lead to seven when the second half got underway. But that's when Miami guard Riquna Williams went berserk, uncorking a fusillade of three-point bombs for which Maryland had no defense. By game's end, Williams had scored 34 points, including a career-high-tying eight three-pointers.
Meanwhile, the Hurricane defense held the Terps to 21 points beneath its nation's-best scoring average of 84.4 points per game.
Miami star Shenisee Johnson did see her 87-game streak of double-figure scoring come to an end, finishing with just six points on an icy two-for-15 from the field (13.3 percent). But Johnson didn't seem to mind, as she watched her team extend its home-floor win streak to 34 straight games, while knocking off its first Top-Five opponent ever.