Women's Basketball Looks to Sweep Series at Boston College

Women's Basketball Looks to Sweep Series at Boston College

Feb. 9, 2007

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team travels to Boston College for a nationally-televised ACC game on Sunday, February 11.

Miami (11-14, 2-8 ACC) at Boston College (11-12, 1-8 ACC)
Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Silvio O. Conte Forum | Chestnut Hill, Mass. | 5:30 p.m.

Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM
Web/Live Stats: www.hurricanesports.com
Internet Video: None
Internet Audio: www.wvum.org

The Hurricanes face a familiar foe on Sunday, taking on Boston College in the second meeting between the teams this season. Miami looks to sweep its first ACC series of 2006-07 and — coming off Thursday’s 77-51 victory over Wake Forest — aims for its first back-to-back wins since conference play began over a month ago.

Senior Renee Taylor continues to lead the Hurricanes with an ACC-best 19.0 points per game, including 2.2 three-pointers per game to rank fourth in the league. She nailed a trey versus the Demon Deacons to total 104 career threes in just 55 games, moving up one spot into fifth place in UM history.

Junior Maurita Reid adds 14.7 points (ninth in the ACC) and a league-leading 3.5 steals per game for the Hurricanes. She comes off her second straight double-double (and fourth of the season) with a team-high 18 points and a UM record-tying 10 steals versus Wake Forest. Those 10 takeaways top the ACC and ties for fourth in NCAA Division I play this season.

The tandem 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 five in single-season three-pointers. They have helped keep alive Miami’s 189-game three-pointer streak, dating back to January 17, 2000.

A Look at Boston College
Boston College rides a four-game skid into Sunday’s game, including a pair of losses to Maryland and North Carolina. Kathrin Ress, a 6-4 senior forward, leads the Eagles with 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, while freshman Elisabeth Egnell — who came in off the bench for the first time this season in Sunday’s game versus Maryland — adds 8.7 points and 6.0 boards an outing. The Eagles are one of just two ACC teams more “vertically challenged” than the Hurricanes, with the average BC player measuring 70 inches, compared to UM’s 70.5 inches.

The Series
Sunday’s game marks the 27th meeting between Miami and Boston College, with the Hurricanes owning the 17-9 all-time advantage. Miami and BC split the series in each of the last two seasons, with each team winning at home. The Hurricanes look to break that trend in 2007, with the commanding 83-68 home win already in hand. Renee Taylor led four players in double-figures in that win, finishing with a game-high 26 points, while Charmaine Clark added a career-high 20 points as Miami shot 51.7 percent from the field.