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Women's Hoops Host Florida

Nov. 30, 1999

Coral Gables, FL – CORAL GABLES, FL – The University of Miami women’s basketball team (2-1) will look to snap a six-game slide to in-state rival Florida (2-1) when the Gators travel to the Knight Sports Complex for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

The Hurricanes, who last defeated UF, 95-75, on Dec. 1, 1991 in Coral Gables, are 9-5 against the Gators on their home floor. UF leads the overall series 26-12, including a narrow 71-70 victory in its last trip to UM on Dec. 2, 1995. Last season, Florida held off a late Miami push to win 85-69 in Gainesville.

Miami, who last lost to Conference USA Champion Tulane 75-66 on Nov. 28, is led in scoring by guard Sheila James (12.7 ppg), followed by guard Gina Graziani (11.0 ppg) and forward Meghan Saake (10.7 ppg). Forward Kathryn Fowler leads the team in rebounding with a 7.7 per game average, while Graziani paces the team in assists with 9.0 per game.

Florida comes into the game fresh off a 93-56 victory over Central Florida on Nov. 28 in Orlando. Prior to the Golden Knights, UF fell on the road to defending NCAA Champion Purdue, 90-50, in West Lafayette, IN. The Gators leading scorers are Tiffany Travis (18.3 ppg), followed by Tonya Washington (12.0 ppg) and Brandi McCain (11.0 ppg). Naomi Mobley (7.0 rpg) is UF’s top rebounder.

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m., Knight Sports ComplexRadio: 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. Ppg RpgF Meghan Saake Fr. 5-10 10.7 4.0F Alicia Hartlaub Fr. 6-2 6.3 6.7C Camilla Osth Jr. 6-2 7.0 2.3G Sheila James So. 5-5 12.7 4.3G Gina Graziani Sr. 5-8 11.0 3.3Head Coach: Ferne Labati

Florida Yr. Ht. Ppg RpgF Naomi Mobley So. 6-2 7.3 7.0F Tonya Washington Sr. 6-0 12.0 5.3C Tamara Stocks Jr. 6-3 10.7 5.7G Tombi Bell Jr. 5-5 3.7 4.3G Tiffany Travis Sr. 5-10 18.3 4.0Head Coach: Carol Ross