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Tech women fall to No. 13 Miami, 77-65
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DULUTH — Shenise Johnson loves it when Miami steals the ball, runs the floor and scores a quick layup.

It's a formula the Hurricanes have used for plenty of success over the last two seasons.

"That's kind of what we predicate ourselves on," she said. "When we're getting turnovers, getting steals and getting out in transition, it's hard to defend that way."

Johnson scored 24 points, Morgan Stroman added 18 with 10 rebounds and No. 13 Miami beat Georgia Tech 77-65 on Monday night.

The Hurricanes (13-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four of five and improved to 3-3 on the road this season.

Sasha Goodlett finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Chelsea Regins had 16 points and 10 boards for Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-2).

The Yellow Jackets, who were coming off a three-point loss at No. 5 Maryland last week, have dropped two straight following a six-game winning streak.

Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph credited Miami with showing why it was a preseason favorite to win its second straight ACC regular season title.

"They're well balanced with inside and outside scoring, and I think their defense is very hard to play against," Joseph said. "I really felt like they came out to play. They were just more focused tonight than we were on both ends of the floor. Our effort was there, but our execution wasn't there."

Regins' three-point play brought Georgia Tech within four at 54-50, but the Yellow Jackets went 4:29 without a field goal, and Miami took the game's biggest lead at 15 on Shanel Williams' layup at the 7:28 mark.

After Goodlett's two-footer made it 66-60 with 4:55 remaining, Georgia Tech never got any closer. Tyaunna Marshall added 12 points, nine rebounds, five turnovers and one assist for the Yellow Jackets.

"Speaking for my teammates, I feel like we're ready to figure out what happened and fix it," Goodlett said. "That's life in the ACC. You can't sit here and sulk about what happened. You've got to turn around and get back at it because we're in the toughest conference in the country."

Miami improved to 12-1 when leading at halftime.

Shawnice Wilson's putback gave Miami its biggest first-half lead, 11 points at the 5:33 mark, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 17-6 run that ended with Chelsea Regins' putback and a 36-36 with 1:21 remaining.

Johnson, who had seven assists, one turnover and six steals, extended her streak to 87 consecutive games of scoring in double figures, the best in the nation. Last year's ACC player of the year and a preseason All-American this year by The Associated Press, Johnson used a no-look pass to feed Stroman for a fastbreak layup that made it 58-51 with 10:15 remaining.

"I always think Miami is at its best when we're having fun," Johnson said. "If you can throw a no-look in there, it gets everybody fired up."

The Hurricanes persevered despite going 0 of 10 on 3-point attempts. Johnson and Riquna Williams combined to go 0 of 7. Miami coach Katie Meier thought the shooting was affected by the spacious backdrop at the Gwinnett Arena, where the Georgia Tech women are playing home games this season while a new coliseum is built on campus in Atlanta.

"Since I've been the coach, we've made a 3-pointer in every game we've been in," said Meier, now in her seventh season leading the Hurricanes. "So (the arena) affected our shooting a little bit."

Miami, which leads the nation in steals with a 16.1 average, outscored Georgia Tech 26-19 in points off turnovers, but nothing came too easily given the game's physical nature.

"It's always physical against Georgia Tech, but this is what we train for, all the extra conditioning, all the weights we lift during the season," Stroman said. "You've just got to go out there and play hard, play tough and play with effort."

The Hurricanes have now won three straight in the series after losing 10 of 11.


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