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Hurricanes Take On No. 5 UNC Monday in Televised ACC Match-Up

Hurricanes Take On No. 5 UNC Monday in Televised ACC Match-Up

Jan. 7, 2006

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Miami vs. North Carolina
January 9, 2005 / 7 p.m.
BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla.
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The Game
Riding a four-game win streak, the Hurricanes, who, at 11-2, are off to the third best start in school history, welcome No. 5 North Carolina to the BankUnited Center Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Miami’s ACC home opener.

First-year head coach Katie Meier and the Hurricanes continue to be one of the best shooting teams in the league hitting 47.0 percent from the floor.

Miami is averaging 85.0 points per game over the current four-game win streak led by senior National Player of the Year candidate Tamara James and junior Renee Taylor, who average 22.3 and 17.0, respectively, over that same stretch.

James tops the ACC in scoring, averaging 21.7 points on the season and ranks second in steals (3.1 spg) and sixth in rebounding (8.3 rpg).

Senior Katie Hayek is averaging 10.0 points over the last six games while freshman Brittany Denson is coming off a career-best 16-point outing Thursday against Georgia Tech.

Television, Radio and Internet Broadcast
Monday’s game will televised live as part of the ACC’s Regional Sports Network (RSN), which consists of Fox Sports Net (FSN), SUN Sports (SUN) and Comcast SportsNet (CSS). The 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.

A Quick Look at North Carolina Hall of Fame head coach Sylvia Hatchell and the fifth-ranked Tar Heels are off to a 14-0 start with wins over three top-20 teams.

North Carolina’s roster included two Preseason All-ACC selections and National Player of the Year candidates in junior guard Ivory Latta and sophomore forward Erlana Larkins.

Latta ranks second in the ACC in scoring (17.4 ppg) and third in assists (6.21 apg). Larkins is shooting an impressive 67.0 from the floor which is good for second in the league.

The Series Monday’s game will mark the eighth meeting between the Hurricanes and Tar Heels. The Tar Heels, who have won each of the last two games, both of which occurred last season, hold a 5-2 series edge.

In the last meeting (3/5/05) UNC’s Ivory Latta scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead three-pointer to help fourth-ranked North Carolina avoid an upset with a 64-57 win over the Hurricanes in the ACC Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Miami’s last victory over UNC came March 21, 1992 in Coral Gables in an 86-72 win in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament.

Game Promotions Monday will be High School Day at the BankUnited Center with pre-registered area high school teams invited to attend Miami’s contest with UNC.

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 Monday with junior guard Renee Taylor.

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.