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Miami Set to Host Grambling Before Holiday Break

Dec. 20, 2008

CORAL GABLES – The University of Miami women’s basketball team will be facing the Tigers of Grambling State at the BankUnited Center, Sunday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.

Grambling at Miami
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008 / BankUnited Center / Coral Gables, Fla. / 1 p.m.

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Miami started a new winning streak in Orlando, picking up a 66-59 victory over UCF, for its second straight. In only her second game back from a leg injury, Epiphany Woodson was a huge contributor in the win as she scored 13 points, including a huge contested layup to put the Hurricanes up by five in the game’s final minute.

Freshman Shenise Johnson led all Hurricanes with 15 points, five of which came at the free-throw line. Miami had struggled from the charity stripe all season, but its success from it against UCF was a huge contribution to the victory. In all, the Hurricanes went 16 of 21 from the foul line.

Junior Ashley Sours played a hard 11 minutes as she collected five rebounds and just her presence alone on the defensive end was enough to alter many UCF shots. Freshman Sylvia Bullock brought her intensity to the court as well as she had seven points and three block in the contest

A Look at Grambling
Grambling enters Sunday’s game with a 2-6 record with wins over Stephen F. Austin (65-64) and Centenary (77-63).

The Tigers are led by Rachele Dobbins who is averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Whitney Brown is second on the team with 7.9 points per contest.

Grambling is averaging 58.4 points and 37.3 rebounds per game as a team. It is shooting 35.7 percent (146-409) from the floor, 31.9 percent (30-94) from beyond the arc and 66.4 percent (87-131) from the free throw line. The Tigers also register 8.9 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per outing, while holding their opponents to 65.6 points per game and a shooting percentage of 43.0 (174-405).

The Series
Sunday’s meeting will be the first between the two teams since 1994. In that previous meeting, Grambling left Coral Gables with a 98-75 victory. In all, The Tigers hold a 2-1 series lead against Miami. Each of the three games were played on the Hurricanes’ home court.

Special Note
Miami’s Jan. 5 ACC opener against Clemson has been moved up to a 4 p.m. tip. The game was originally scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Following the women’s game The Hurricane men will be taking on Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m.