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Women's Basketball Set For Western Kentucky

Jan. 21, 2001

TELEVISION: Fox SportsNet (Tape Delay)/Will Air Monday at 4 p.m.

RADIO: WVUM, 90.5 FM, Anthony Langella, color, Dave Pommenville, play-by-playVia the Internet: www.hurricanesports.com/www.wvum.org

ABOUT THE GAME: This will be the 6th meeting between Miami and Western Kentucky and the 16th game of the 2000-01 season for Miami…Miami is coming off of a 77-60 loss to Providence…WKU is also coming off of a 105-47 conference loss to #8 Louisiana Tech…The Lady Toppers lead the all-time series with UM 3-2, including a three-game win streak.

UP NEXT FOR MIAMI: Miami travels to Storrs, Conn. to face No.1 UConn in a BIG EAST re-match Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES: Miami is an interesting mix of youth and veterans…The Hurricanes return their leading scorer, junior Sheila James (11.7 ppg), and leading rebounder, Alicia Hartlaub (6.4 rpg)…UM also returns four starters from last season’s 14-15 club…Miami returns 85 percent of its scoring and 92 percent of its rebounding from last season’s young team.

LAST OUTING FOR MIAMI: Miami fell 77-60 to Providence College Wednesday night at Knight Sports Complex in a BIG EAST matchup…Chanivia Broussard led the Hurricanes with 17 points and seven rebounds… Four UM players scored in double figures in the losing effort, Alicia Hartlaub, Dalia Clarke and Sheila James all scored 10 points a piece…The Hurricanes opened the game on a 7-0 run before entering a three minute dry spell where the Friars went on an 11-0 run to take the 11-7 lead with 14:36 remaining in the half…Providence continued to chip away at the lead while holding Miami to its lowest scoring half of the season…PC led 39-21 at halftime after the Hurricanes shot a dismal 26.9% from the field…The Friars came out strong in the second half maintaining a double digit lead throughout the game. UM cut PC’s lead to 12 with 10:56 remaining in the game, but the Friars answered back with a 7-0 run to secure the win…For the first time this season Miami committed more turnovers than its opponent did, UM had 25 turnovers compared to 23 for the Friars…The Hurricanes shot 39.0% for the game, while PC shot 43.3% from the field.

LAST OUTING FOR WKU: Cheryl Ford scored 24 points and No. 8 Louisiana Tech got 47 points from its backups in a 105-47 victory over Western Kentucky on Thursday night…Tech, aided by 21 turnvoers by Western Kentucky, went to its reserves early en route to a 53-16 halftime lead and coasted to its 41st straight conference victory and 65th straight conference victory at home…The Lady Techsters outshot Western Kentucky 21-8 from the foul line, 12-0 in the first half, held a 61-37 rebounding advantage and had 11 steals without committing a single turnover themselves…Natalie Powers led Western Kentucky with 13 points and ShaRae Mansfield had 10.

MIAMI VS WKU: This will be the 6th meeting between Miami and Western Kentucky…WKU leads the series 3-2…Miami fell 75-68 last season to the Lady Toppers in Bowling Green, KY…WKU has beaten the Hurricanes in the last three meetings.

NEW YEAR: Miami is 3-2 when playing in January this season.

WE’VE GOT THAT IN COMMON: Miami and WKU both played and beat South Floida earlier in the season…UM beat the Bulls 73-51, while the Lady Toppers edged South Florida in overtime 84-81.

LAST MEETING WITH WKU: Western Kentucky 75 Miami 68The Lady Toppers scored the first seven points of the game before Miami responded with nine straight to even the score…The tie was the first of four in the half as the teams traded the lead seven times before WKU took a one-point advantage into halftime…Western hit a basket to start the second stanza before sophomore Sheila James scored the `Canes first seven points of the half…WKU answered each basket before Gina Graziani gave UM the lead on a 10-foot jumper with 13:33 remaining…The teams continued to trade baskets until the Hurricanes went on an 8-0 run to take a 53-47 advantage at 11:14…Miami maintained the lead until the Lady Toppers tied the game at 3:28 at 64 apiece…WKU then took the lead for good on a layup as UM was outscored 11-4 during the final five minutes of the contest…The Hurricanes were led by Alicia Hartlaub’s career-best 22 points…James (20) and Graziani (11) also scored in double figures…Kathryn Fowler grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.