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UM Announces 2005-06 Women's Basketball Schedule

UM Announces 2005-06 Women's Basketball Schedule

Aug. 25, 2005

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Highlighted by a slate that includes 14 postseason participants from a year ago, including 12 NCAA Tournament teams, the University of Miami, along with the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced the 2005-06 UM women’s basketball schedule Wednesday.

First-year head coach Katie Meier and the Hurricanes will play host to 17 home games at the Convocation Center this season while hosting a pair of holiday tournaments – the UM Thanksgiving Tournament (Nov. 25-26) and the Hurricane Holiday Classic (Dec. 28-29) – in Miami’s second season in the tradition-rich ACC.

Opponents scheduled to come to Coral Gables this season include Hartford (Dec. 10), Ole Miss (Dec. 28-29), North Carolina (Jan. 9), Boston College (Jan. 19), Virginia (Jan. 22), Virginia Tech (Jan. 29), Florida State (Feb. 9) and Duke (Feb. 19) – all teams that earned births in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

The Hurricanes will have four televised games on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network, consisting of FOX Sports South, SUN Sports and Comcast Sports Southeast, four times next season in games against UNC (Jan. 9), Georgia (Jan. 15), FSU (Feb. 17) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 26).

“This schedule will offer us the chance to play some of the nation’s top programs,” said Meier. “The caliber of teams in our non-conference schedule should prepare us for play in the ACC, which, from top to bottom, is arguably the best conference in the country.”

“We also extremely thrilled about the opportunity to play at least 17 games on our home floor. Anytime you have the chance to play in front of your fans you have to be excited because home court advantage is such a major asset to any program, especially when you are in a league as tough as the ACC.”

UM opens the season Nov. 18 with Samford before hosting the UM Thanksgiving Tournament, featuring an opening-round match-up with Bradley (Nov. 25 and return the following day for the championship or consolation game with Duquesne or Oakland, who play the previous day.

The Hurricanes then play five games over the next 10 days with games against at home against George Mason (Nov. 30), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 2), Siena (Dec. 3), Florida International (Dec. 6) capped off by a Dec. 10 competition against 2005 NCAA Tournament qualifier Hartford.

Miami’s first road game of the season comes Dec. 16 and takes them over 2,300 miles away when they travel to Missoula, Mont. to face 2005 Big Sky Champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Montana.

The Hurricanes head to Orlando Dec. 20 to square-off with in-state foe, UCF, who won the 2005 Atlantic Sun regular season championship, before hosting the Hurricane Holiday Classic (Dec. 28-29) featuring 2005 NCAA Tournament participants, Ole Miss, 2005 WNIT participants, Maine along with North Carolina A&T.

UM opens conference play in Atlanta against Georgia Tech (Jan. 5) and return home to face defending ACC Champions, North Carolina (Jan. 9) at the Convocation Center.

Following an ACC match-up at Clemson (Jan. 12), the Hurricanes break from league play to take part in the Russell Athletic Shootout in Duluth, Ga. where they play a Georgia (Jan. 15) team that comes off a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

Miami comes home Jan. 19 to welcome Boston College, who like UM a year ago, make their inaugural debut in the ACC after departing from the BIG EAST.

Following the contest with the Eagles, the Hurricanes host Virginia (Jan. 22), travel to NC State (Jan. 26), return home for Virginia Tech (Jan. 29) and take to the road for Maryland (Feb. 1) and Wake Forest (Feb. 5).

The Hurricanes battle in-state and ACC rival Florida State twice in a three-game stretch, hosting the Seminoles Feb. 9 and traveling to Tallahassee Feb. 17 with a Feb. 12 trip to Boston College in between.

Meier, who was an All-ACC standout from 1986-90 with the Blue Devils and is member of the Duke Hall of Honor, will welcome her alma mater to the Convocation Center Feb. 19 before wrapping up the regular season Feb. 26 at home against Georgia Tech.

Season ticket packages for the 2005-06 season start at just $75 dollars and include admission to all 17 home games. Fans can also purchase the Family Plan and receive admission to all home games for two adults and three children for just $100 dollars.

For additional ticket information, please contact the Hurricane Ticket Office online at www.hurricanesports.com – the Official Website of Hurricane Athletics – or by calling 1-800-GO-CANES.