Miami Hosts Hurricane Holiday Classic Wednesday and Thursday
|Hurricane Holiday Classic
December 28-29 / 5 and 7 p.m.
BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla.
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| Coming off a seven-day holiday break, Miami returns to the court Wednesday night as they play host to North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m. in what will be the second game of the Hurricane Holiday Classic.
The four-game, two-day Hurricane Holiday Classic will also feature Maine and 24th-ranked Mississippi who square off at 5 p.m. prior to Miami’s game with North Carolina A&T. The winner of each game will meet in the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. immediately following the consolation game at 5 p.m.
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|Games 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.|
| First-year head coach Katie Meier and the Hurricanes are 8-2 this season marking just the sixth time in 34 seasons Miami has started off the season with eight or more wins in their first 10 games.
Having won five of their last six games, the Hurricanes are outscoring opponents by an average of 13.9 points per game and currently rank fourth in the ACC with 77.3 points per game.
National Player of the Year candidate Tamara James leads the ACC in both scoring (20.8 ppg) and steals (3.10 spg) and ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (8.6 rpg).
Miami’s hottest player of late has been junior guard Renee Taylor who has averaged 20.5 points over the last two contests. Taylor sits at ninth place in the league in overall scoring with 14.7 points per game.
North Carolina A&T Having played seven games this season, first-year head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs and North Carolina A&T enter Wednesday’s game searching for their first victory on the year.
Offensively, the Aggies are led a pair of seniors in forward Bianca Johnson who tops the NCA&T roster with 15.0 points per game followed by guard Shareka Glover’s 11.9 points per game. Junior forward/center Melea Gibson leads the Aggies in rebounding (8.0 rpg.)
The Series Wednesday game will mark the first meeting between Miami and North Carolina A&T. The Hurricanes are 24-11 (.696) all-time versus schools currently in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) of which the Aggies are members.Looking Ahead to Maine and Mississippi With an overall record of 2-5 under the direction of first-year head coach Ann McInerney, the Black Bears travel to South Florida looking to snap a five-game skid.
Maine’s roster includes three players averaging double figures in scoring this season led by junior forward Bracey Barker (12.6 ppg). Senior center Abby Schrader ranks second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and first on the squad in rebounding (9.3 rpg.)
Head coach Carol Ross and the Lady Rebels will look to bounce back from an 84-71 loss at Louisiana Tech last Tuesday as they head to Coral Gables with an overall record of 9-2.
Ole Miss is led by junior guard Armintie Price – a preseason National Player of the Year candidate and 2005 First Team All-SEC and SEC Defensive Player of the Year selection. Averaging a double-double, Price enters Wednesday’s first on the Ole Miss roster in scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.9 rpg.)
Game Promotions Miami Hurricane women’s basketball fans will have the opportunity to collect player trading cards during all home games. 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 including Wednesday with sophomore guard Marianne Curtis.. 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.