Hurricanes Heading to the ACC Tournament
Feb. 28, 2006
2006 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Sixth-seeded Miami heads to <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Greensboro, N.C. Thursday where they face No. 11 seed Georgia Tech in first round of the 2006 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at 9:30 p.m.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
First-year head coach Katie Meier and the Hurricanes wrapped up the regular season with a 6-8 mark in ACC play behind an overall record of 16-12. Miami secured the No. 6 seed in the tournament with a 90-85 double-overtime win over Georgia Tech Sunday in the regular season finale.
Miami’s is averaging 75.7 points per game which marks the fifth highest scoring average in school history.
Coming off a 37-point outing in the win over Georgia Tech Sunday, First Team All-ACC selection Tamara James remains the ACC scoring leader at 20.9 points per game. James, who also leads the ACC in steals (3.11 spg) and ranks fourth in rebounding (7.6 rpg), averaged 29.7 points in UM’s final three regular season games and needs just 34 points to become UM’s all-time leading scorer.
Junior guard Renee Taylor, who earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors, is second on the team and sixth in the ACC in scoring (15.6 ppg) and is fourth in steals (2.26 spg).
Senior forward Melissa Knight is third on the UM roster in point-production with 11.6 points per game and is shooting 55.2 percent from beyond the arc over UM’s final seven regular season games.
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Thursday’s game will be featured on a live televised webcast provided by Raycom and Jefferson Pilot Sports on official website of the ACC. To access the webcast visit www.theacc.com and click on the ACC Women’s Tournament button in the upper left hand corner of the home page.
The game will be carried live on WVUM 90.5 FM and can also be heard live on the web at ww.hurricanesports.com which will also feature live scoring.
A Quick Look at Georgia Tech
Head coach MaChelle Joseph and the Yellow Jackets finished the regular season with an overall record of 13-14 and a 2-12 record in league play.
Georgia Tech boasts one of the league’s best defenses, limiting opponents to just 59.7 points per game and average 7.0 more rebounds per game than opponents.
The Yellow Jackets have three players averaging double figures led by sophomore guard Chioma Nnamaka’s 12.6 points per game.
The Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets will meet for the second time in as many games Thursday in what will mark the third meeting this season and the eighth meeting all-time between the two teams.
After downing Tech 90-85 in a double-overtime thriller last Sunday in Coral Gables, Miami leads the all-time series at 6-1 and has won each of the last three contests dating back to last year’s ACC Tournament meeting.
In that first-round match-up, Tamara James got off a shot underneath the UM basket as time expired to down Georgia Tech 60-58 to help UM advance to the second round.
Miami defeated the Yellow Jackets 75-63 earlier this season before last Sunday’s game in Coral Gables.
Miami at the ACC Tournament
This will mark UM’s second appearance at the ACC Tournament. Last season, the Hurricanes, playing as the No. 9 seed, downed No. 8 seed Georgia Tech 60-58 in the first round on a last second shot by Tamara James. Miami then fell 64-57 to top-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals.
Possible Second Round Match-Up
The winner of the Miami-Georgia Tech game will advance to Friday’s quarterfinals where they will No. 3 seed Maryland, who finished the regular season with a 12-2 record in ACC play and a 26-3 overall record. The quarterfinal game will be televised live on the ACC Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Net, New England Sports Network).
FIRST ROUND: Thursday, March 2
Game 1: #8 SeedBostonCollege vs. #9 Seed VIRGINIA, 11 a.m.
Game 2: #5 Seed NC State vs. #12 Seed Clemson, 4 p.m.
Game 3: #7 Seed Virginia Tech vs. #10 SeedWakeForest, 7 p.m.
Game 4: #6 Seed Miami vs. #11 Seed Georgia Tech, 9:30 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS: Friday, March 3
#1 Seed North Carolina vs. Game 1 winner (RSN), 11 a.m.
#4 SeedFloridaState vs. Game 2 winner (RSN), 4 p.m.
#2 Seed Duke vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m.
#3 Seed Maryland vs. Game 4 winner (RSN), 9:30 p.m.
SEMIFINALS: Saturday, March 4
Semifinal 1 (Fox Sports National), 1:30 p.m.
Semifinal 2 (Fox Sports National), 3:30 p.m.
FINAL: Sunday, March 5
Championship (Fox Sports National), 1 p.m.
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