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UM Welcomes No. 25 Virginia Tech to the BankUnited Center Sunday

UM Welcomes No. 25 Virginia Tech to the BankUnited Center Sunday

Jan. 28, 2006

CORAL GABLES, Fla. –

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Miami (13-6, 3-3 ACC) vs Virginia Tech (14-4, 1-4 ACC)
January 29, 2006 / 3 p.m.
BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla.
Game Notes
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The Game
First-year head coach Katie Meier and the Hurricanes are 13-6 and 3-3 in the ACC following a tough 83-77 loss on the road to NC State Thursday.

Miami’s hottest player of late has been Renee Taylor, who’s averaging 23.7 points over the last three games.

In ACC play, Taylor and National Player of the Year candidate Tamara James rank second and first in the league in scoring, respectively.

Taylor is fifth overall in the league in scoring (15.3 ppg) while James, who needs just 22 points to become UM’s all-time second leading scorer, tops the ACC’s overall scoring charts, averaging 21.2 points per game. James also leads the ACC in steals (3.05 spg) and ranks fourth in rebounding (8.2 rpg).

Television, Radio and Internet Broadcast
Sunday’s game will be televised live on ESNPU with Tracey Warren and Kelly Handfelt calling the action. The game will be broadcast on a tape-delay on WVUM (90.5 FM) immediately following Sunday’s Miami-FIU baseball game scheduled for 1 p.m. The radio broadcast can also be heard on the web at www.hurricanesports.com which will also feature live scoring and stats.

A Quick Look at Virginia Tech Having lost three in a row, second-year head coach Beth Dunkenberger are 14-4 overall and 1-4 in ACC play after an impressive 12-0 start to open the season.

The Hokies have three players averaging double-digit scoring in Kerri Gardin (12.6 ppg), Dawn Chriss (12.1 ppg) and Carrie Mason (11.0 ppg). Gardin leads Virginia Tech’s rebounding efforts with 9.6 boards which is tops in the ACC.

The SeriesSunday’s game will mark the eighth meeting between the Hurricanes and Hokies, former BIG EAST rivals who made their ACC debuts last season.

Having never lost to the Hokies at home (3-0) Miami leads the all-time series at 4-3.

Virginia Tech took the last meeting, however, topping the Hurricanes 90-45 in UM’s regular season finale Feb. 27 last season in Blackburgh.

In that game, Miami was overpowered by a Virginia Tech team that shot 54.1 percent from the field with all five starters scoring double figures as the Hokies at Cassell Coliseum.

Led by Kerri Gardin’s game-high 16 points, the Hokies overtook the Hurricanes in nearly every statistical category including rebounding (47-to-27), points in the paint (40-to-24) and three-point percentage (50.0-to-21.1.)

Game PromotionsMiami 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 Sunday with senior forward Tatjana Marincic.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.