Posted: 10:54 am Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Pahokee’s Rinqua ‘Bay-Bay’ Williams named first-team All-ACC 

By Matt Porter

The Miami Hurricanes’ women’s basketball team looks strong heading into ACC Tournament play thanks in no small part to Rinqua ‘Bay-Bay’ Williams.

Williams

Williams

On Tuesday, the 5-foot-7 junior guard from Pahokee was named a first-team All-ACC selection, recognition for her explosive scoring ability and leadership of the ‘Canes.

Williams led the Atlantic Coast Conference this season in scoring (21.7 points per game) and was second in steals (3.2). She put up 32 points (including 4-of-6 from three-point land) and five steals in No. 10 Miami’s 70-59 over Georgia Tech Sunday, a win that gave the ‘Canes (26-3, 12-2) a share of the ACC championship.

“When she gets hot, no one can guard this young lady,” her backcourt partner Shenise Johnson, also a first-team ACC selection, said on Sunday. “I keep saying it. No one in the country can guard Riquna Williams.”

Williams, 20, has been named ACC Player of the Week six times in her career, more than any other active player. She was Player of the Week four times this season.

She was the Palm Beach Post’s All-Area girls player of the year in her senior season, 2008, during which she averaged 32.5 points per game and set a Pahokee school record by scoring 55 points in a game.

The Hurricanes will be the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament this year and will earn and will face either Boston College or North Carolina State at 6 p.m. Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

Miami, which last year was the No. 12 seed in the ACC Tournament and made an improbable run to the Women’s N.I.T. finals, will likely make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004.