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Hurricanes Take on FIU Tuesday at the BankUnited Center

Hurricanes Take on FIU Tuesday at the BankUnited Center


Miami vs. Florida International
Tuesday, December 6 / 7 p.m.
BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla.
Game Notes

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The Game
Miami will tip-off with cross-town rival Florida International Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.
Radio, Television and Internet Broadcast
The game will be broadcast live on WVUM (90.5 FM) and can also be HEARD LIVE on hurricanesports.com, which will also feature live scoring and stats.
The Hurricanes
Coming off back-to-back wins last weekend, first-year head coach Katie Meier the Hurricanes are 5-1 for just the 10th time in the school’s 34-year history. A large portion of UM’s success of late has been the result of their defensive efforts which have forced an average of 29 turnovers by opponents over the last two games. Miami also currently ranks third in the ACC in turnover margin (+6.17) giving up an average of just 17.5 turnovers per game.Senior All-America candidate Tamara James tops the ACC in scoring (23.5 ppg), free throw percentage (.966) and steals (3.00 spg). James has scored 20 or more points in four-straight games and has hit double-digit scoring marks in 37-consecutive contest.Senior guard Melissa Knight ranks second on the team and 13th in the league in scoring (12.7 ppg) while freshman center Brittany Denson sits at eighth in the ACC in blocks (1.80 bpg).

The Golden Panthers Florida International is 4-1 on the year after suffering their first loss of the season last time out at Kentucky (71-56). The Golden Panthers have limited opponents to just 57.4 points per game and just .352 percent shooting from the field.FIU has a trio of players averaging double-digit scoring in Lasma Jekabsone (12.4 ppg), Faeza Bouderra (12.2 ppg) and Eva Makela (10.0 ppg). Jekasbsone also leads the team in rebounding with 10.2 boards per game.The Series Tuesday’s game will mark the 51st meeting between the Hurricanes and the Golden Panthers. Miami holds a 30-20 advantage in the all-time series, but FIU has taken four of the last five contest including last year’s match-up, a 67-62 decision at FIU. Miami’s last win over the Golden Panthers came during the 2003-04 season in a 78-58 victory at UM.What to Watch For Miami is 119-71 (.626) all-time against non-conference opponents…The Hurricanes are 30-12 (.714) in home games at the BankUnited Center (formerly known as The Convocation Center…Miami has allowed an average of just 3.0 points per game on fast breaks by opponents this seasons…Senior forward Tamara James has successfully hit each of her last 21 free throw attempts…Miami has only trialed at the half in one game this season and has outscored opponents by an average of 35.1-to-24.2 in the first half.Game Promotions Miami Hurricane women’s basketball fans will have the opportunity to collect player trading cards during all home games this season. The first 200 fans in attendance at each game will receive the cards, which will feature a different player each game during the 2005-06 season including Tuesday’s spotlight player, sophomore guard-forward Lamese James. Tickets Tickets are just $5 dollars for adults and $3 dollars for children and senior citizens. To purchase tickets or for more information please call the Hurricane Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-CANES or PURCHASE ONLINE at hurricanesports.com.