Hurricanes Hold First Practice of the 2006-07 Season

Hurricanes Hold First Practice of the 2006-07 Season

Oct. 14, 2006

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Head coach Katie Meier and the University of Miami women’s basketball team held the first official practice of the 2006-07 campaign Friday evening with a two-hour workout at the BankUnited Center.

After months of anticipation, conditioning, and preparation Meier and the Hurricanes, who field a roster with five newcomers and just five returning letterwinners on the active roster beginning the year, hit the court for the first time for a full team practice Friday.

In 2006-07 Meier returns to build upon her debut season at UM which saw her lead the Hurricanes to an overall record of 17-13 and a sixth-place 6-8 mark in league play. In her first season at UM, Meier led Miami to just it’s 10th postseason appearance in school history as the Hurricane earned a berth into the 2006 WNIT.

The Hurricanes will have to fill the void of the departure of six players from a last season who accounted for 55.1 percent of the team’s 75.8 points per game. Most notably, Miami will need to replace the production of the school’s all-time leading scorer, Tamara James who led the ACC scoring (21.5) and steals (3.10) and was among the league leaders in rebounding (7.8).

Senior guard Renee Taylor, a 2006 All-ACC Honorable Mention selection, is Miami top returning point-getter from last season, averaging 15.6 points per game. Despite being the ACC smallest player at 5-foot-2 a year ago, Taylor finished sixth in the ACC scoring, second in free throw percentage (.836), third in steals per game (2.37) and 10th in assists per game (3.83).

Sophomore center Brittany Denson returns as Miami top rebounder and second-leading scorer from 2005-06. As a true freshman, Denson averaged 5.3 rebounds per game and 5.7 points per game before missing the final eight games of the year with a season-ending knee injury.

Miami opens the season and with a two-game home stand against Georgia State (Nov. 10) and 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Nov. 13).

Season ticket packages for the 2006-07 season start at just $75 dollars and include admission to all 15 home games. Fans can also purchase the Family Plan and receive admission to all home games for two adults and three children for just $100 dollars.

For additional ticket information, please contact the Hurricane Ticket Office online at – the Official Website of Hurricane Athletics – or by calling 1-800-GO-CANES.