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Women's Basketball Opens Season At Home

Women's Basketball Opens Season At Home

Nov. 20, 1999

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball teamwill host Furman on Sunday, November 21, at the Knight Sports Complex on theCoral Gables Campus. This is the first meeting between the teams and thegame opens the season for both squads.

UM returns seven letterwinners from last year’s squad that finishedwith a 15-14 overall record and a trip to the Women’s National InvitationalTournament. The Hurricanes will be led this season by senior point guardGina Graziani (Cooper City HS). Graziani, who has started 78 of 82 careergames, finished last season ranked 15th in the nation in assists with a 6.4per game average.

The Lady Paladins will be led by two-time Southern Conference Playerof the Year, Jackie Smith (20.0 ppg., 9.0rpg.). Furman finished with anoverall record of 13-14 a year ago and return seven letterwinners, includingfour starters.

Tip-off: 2 p.m., Knight Sports Complex

Radio: WVUM (90.5 FM)

Tickets: $5 adult, $3 children 17 and younger, UM students free.

Call 305-284-CANES or 800-GO-CANES

Probable Starters:

Miami Yr. Ht. Avg.
F Meghan Saake Fr. 5-10 NA
F Christal White So. 5-11 3.2
C Camilla Osth Jr. 6-2 1.7
G Sheila James So. 5-5 4.2
G Gina Graziani Sr. 5-8 5.2

Head Coach: Ferne Labati

Furman Yr. Ht. Avg.
F Jackie Smith Sr. 6-1 20.0
F Kena Hodges Jr. 6-2 8.9
G Torrie Scott Jr. 5-8 NA
G Tara Charles Jr. 5-9 6.0
G Althea Bufford So. 5-7 3.6

Head Coach: Sherry Carter
* Statistics from the 1998-99 season.