Women's Basketball Hosts Wake Forest Thursday

Women's Basketball Hosts Wake Forest Thursday

Feb. 7, 2007

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team will face ACC-rival Wake Forest on Thursday, February 8, at 7 p.m. in the BankUnited Center.

Wake Forest (9-13, 0-8 ACC) at Miami (10-14, 1-8 ACC)
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 / BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla. / 7 p.m.

TV: None
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM
Web/Live Stats: www.hurricanesports.com
Internet Video: None
Internet Audio: www.wvum.org
Tickets: $5 (Adults), $3 (Children/Senior Citizens)

The Hurricanes come off a 73-60 road loss to Virginia, despite a 19-point performance from junior Albrey Grimsley and Maurita Reid‘s third double-double of the season (11 points, 11 rebounds). Miami looks to snap its four-game ACC slide on Thursday versus a Wake Forest team that is winless in league play this season.

Senior Renee Taylor continues to lead the Hurricanes with an ACC-best 19.1 points per game and has scored 20-plus points in three of the last five outings. Reid adds 14.6 points (10th in the ACC) and 3.2 steals per game (2nd in the ACC), and has finished with 25-plus points in two of the last four games.

The duo of Taylor and Reid account for 71 percent of Miami’s three-pointers this season, and rank among the league’s top 10 in three-point field goals per game and the program’s top 10 in single-season three-pointers. They have helped keep alive Miami’s 188-game streak of hitting at least one three-pointer in a contest, dating back to January 17, 2000.

A Look at Wake Forest
Like Miami, Wake Forest has also faced an uphill battle in ACC play this year, and the Demon Deacons remain in search of their first conference win of 2006-07. Wake Forest has not played in a week, most recently falling to NC State, 79-53, on February 1. Freshman Mekia Valentine earned ACC Rookie of the Week accolades after posting her second career double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds versus the Wolfpack. For the season, Wake Forest is led by sophomore Yolanda Lavender with 18.2 points (second in the ACC behind UM’s Taylor), while Alex Tchangoue adds 11.7 points and Corrine Groves averages nearly a double-double of 10.5 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds an outing (second in the ACC).

The Series
Thursday’s game marks the fifth meeting between Miami and Wake Forest, with the series knotted at 2-2. The Hurricanes won, 79-71, in their last meeting in Winston-Salem, N.C. on February 5, 2006. Taylor was one of four UM players to score in double figures, with 13 points and five assists, as the Hurricanes shot 46 percent in the win.