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Miami Squares Off With In-State ACC Rival Florida State Thursday Night

Miami Squares Off With In-State ACC Rival Florida State Thursday Night

Feb. 7, 2006

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Miami (15-7, 5-4 ACC) vs. Florida State (14-7, 5-3 ACC)
February 9, 2006 / 7 p.m.
BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla.
Game Notes
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The Game
Coming off a 79-71 road win over Wake Forest Sunday, first-year head coach Katie Meier and the Hurricanes are 15-7 overall and sit at fifth place in the ACC with a 5-4 mark in league play.

National Player of the Year candidate Tamara James, who has scored in double figures in 52-straight games, tops the ACC in both scoring (20.3 ppg) and steals (2.95 spg) and ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (8.0 rpg).

Averaging 15.7 points per game, junior guard Renee Taylor sits at fifth place in the league in scoring and has averaged 21.0 points over the last six games. Taylor ranks fourth in the ACC in steals (2.32 spg) and third in free throw percentage (.859).

Sophomore forward Lamese James, who has started each of the last four games, is coming of the best game of her career, scoring 13 points with eight rebounds against Wake.

Television, Radio and Internet Broadcast
Thursday’s 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.

A Quick Look at Florida State Head coach Sue Semrau and the Seminoles have posted an overall record of 14-7 this season and are currently in fourth place in the ACC with a 5-3 record in conference play.

Florida State’s roster includes three players averaging double figures, led by 2005 ACC All-Defensive Team selection, junior guard Alicia Gladden, who averages 12.5 points per game. Gladden also leads FSU in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and steals (2.05 spg).

Senior guard Ganiyat Adeduntan ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game.

The SeriesThursday’s game will mark the 28th meeting between the Hurricanes and Seminoles. Although UM claimed the last meeting, a 62-57 Jan. 27, 2005 contest last season in Coral Gables, Florida State holds a 20-7 advantage in the all-time series, winning five of the last six.

In the last meeting, then-UM senior Yalonda McCormick hit a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining to clinch a 62-57 victory as UM knocked off the 19th-ranked Seminoles in Coral Gables. Tamara James finished with 18 points and five rebounds while Imani Dhahabu pulled down seven boards in the win.

Game PromotionsStudent Pep Rally
The University of Miami women’s basketball program, along with Category 5, will hold a pep rally Thursday from 12-12:30 p.m. on the patio located next to the University Center on campus. The team will give out free tee shirts to students along with various activities to promote Thursday’s game with Florida State.

Women In Sports Day
On Thursday, the University of Miami Athletic Department will host the 4th Annual Women in Sports Day event for 300 middle school girls at the Knight Sports Complex and Cobb Stadium on the UM campus.

The event will begin with opening ceremonies featuring the University of Miami Head Women’s Basketball coach, Katie Meier. The children will have the opportunity to work on their skills in five different sports with help from members of the UM Volleyball, Rowing, Soccer, and Cheerleading teams.

The event will conclude with all the participants attending the Hurricanes vs. Florida State women’s basketball game at the BankUnited Center.

For more information, contact Carla Collins at cfournier@miami.edu or call at 305-284-2943.

Gameday Trading Cards
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 Thursday night with senior guard Melissa Knight.

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.

Employee Ticket Day
All UM employees are invited to purchase up to five (5) tickets to Thursday’s game for just $1 dollar each. Please visit the Hurricane Ticket Office at the Hecht Athletic Center or call 1-800-GO-CANES for more information.