`Canes Host RedHawks in Battle of Miamis

`Canes Host RedHawks in Battle of Miamis

Nov. 19, 2010

Miami (OH) (1-1) at Miami (1-1)

Date & Tip Time: Saturday, Nov. 20, at 12 p.m.
Location: Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
Tickets: $5
TV: None
Radio: WVUM 90.5 – wvum.org
Video Stream: Hurricanesports.com/AllAccess/
Live Stats: HurricaneSports.com

The University of Miami women’s basketball team plays host to its namesake Miami (OH) Saturday at noon at the BankUnited Center.

• Season tickets are available for as low as $50. Tickets may be purchased online at HurricaneSports.com or by calling the UM Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-CANES.
• Single-game tickets are also available for $5 for all fans. UM students receive free admission when presenting their valid Cane Card.

• The game on Saturday will be just the second meeting between the two Miamis, as the Hurricanes defeated the RedHawks 75-61 last season in Oxford, Ohio. In that game Shenise Johnson led the `Canes with a then career-best 29 points.
• The Hurricanes are one of 22 teams that received votes in the latest AP Poll.
• Even though it received huge scoring efforts from Riquna Williams (28) and Shenise Johnson (26), Miami fell to No. 21 Nebraska 99-85 on Wednesday.
• Like the Hurricanes, Miami (OH) doesn’t have any seniors on its roster. The RedHawks feature four juniors, two sophomores and six freshmen.
• Miami (OH) battled No. 9 Kentucky in its season opener in an 84-71 losing effort, but rebounded with a 76-59 win over EKU.

• Katie Meier is 73-85 in her sixth season at Miami and is 149-130 overall. She signed a five-year contract extension in the offseason after leading the `Canes to the WNIT Championship game and a 2009-10 record of 22-14.
• Maria Fantanarosa returns for her 13th season as the head coach of the Miami (OH) women’s basketball program. Fantanarosa has posted a 187-171 record at the helm of the RedHawks.

Fan can participate in a live in-game chat for tomorrow’s game by clicking on the CoverItLive graphic below 30 minutes prior to tip-off.

Women’s Basketball: UM vs. Miami (OH)

Late last season Shenise Johnson became the 20th player in Miami history to score 1,000 points in a career. She ended her sophomore campaign with 1,069 points. Two-games into this season, Johnson has 1,106 career points – currently ranking as the 15th most prolific scorer in school history.

With 983 career points (707 in 2009-10 – the third-best single season total in school history), Riquna Williams is up next to crack the 1,000 point barrier and only needs 17 to make history against Miami (OH).

The University of Miami will be hosting two different Tournaments this season at the BankUnited. Nov. 26-27, the `Canes will host the Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Tournament and Dec. 28-30 the `Canes will host the Women’s Basketball Holiday Classic.

The University of Miami was selected eighth in the ACC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll released on Oct. 26.

Duke was selected as the as the preseason favorite to win the 2010-11 ACC regular season title for the first time since 2005. The Blue Devils earned 24 of the possible 33 first-place votes.

North Carolina was picked second, followed by Florida State and Maryland. Georgia Tech was tabbed to finish fifth in front of NC State and Boston College. Following Miami was Wake Forest Virginia, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

The 2010-11 women’s basketball season will be the first to offer multiple social media outlets for fans and loyal supporters of the program to keep current with the Hurricanes.

You can follow all University of Miami teams on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/hurricanesports or follow just women’s basketball at twitter.com/miamiwbb. Fans can also check out HurricaneSports and University of Miami Women’s Basketball on facebook.com to get up-to-date news and information on the women’s basketball program.
HurricaneSports.com will also have all the most recent bio information and stats for all the team’s players.

For even more exclusive content – including video interviews, photos and more – be sure to visit the UWomen’s Hoops Blog at uwomenshoops.tumblr.com.

Miami guard Shenise Johnson was named to the Preseason All-ACC team as announced by the conference office on Oct. 26 from the ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day held at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Johnson becomes the first Hurricane since Tamara James in 2005 to be named a preseason all-conference member.

Duke’s Jasmine Thomas was named the Preseason Player of the Year.

Preseason Player of the Year
Jasmine Thomas, Sr., G, Duke

2010-11 Preseason All-ACC Team
Jessica Breland, Sr., F, North Carolina
Shenise Johnson, Jr., G, Miami
Carolyn Swords, Sr., C, Boston College
Jasmine Thomas, Sr., G, Duke
Courtney Ward, Sr., G, Florida State

The University of Miami welcomed elementary and middle school children to be a `Cane for a Day at Youth Day at the `Canes home-opening win over Kennesaw State.

The School of Education, the President’s Office, Big Cheese and McDonald’s teamed up to provide a fun-filled day for local youth and to express the importance of education. Schools had the opportunity to showcase their cheerleaders or dance teams, as well as, nominate an Honorary Ball Kid that was recognized on court.

The future Hurricanes were treated to special halftime entertainment as Sebastian rounded up several of his friends and played a friendly game of hoops.

Miami women’s basketball home games will be streamed live on `Canes All-Access throughout the 2010-11 season. The only games that will not be streamed will be those televised on Regional Sports Network.

The service will be provided at a fee. To sign-up visit hurricanesports.cstv.com/allaccess/

With five threes against Nebraska, the Hurricanes have made at least one three-point field goal in 295 straight games dating back to the 2000-01 season – currently the 11th-best active streak in the nation.

The Hurricanes led the ACC with 22 double-doubles last season. After just one game they seem to picking up where they left off as Riquna Williams, Shenise Johnson and Morgan Stroman all recorded double-doubles against Kennesaw State. Virginia is the only other school in the conference with three double-doubles.

The Hurricanes have signed Michelle Woods of Naples, Fla., junior college transfer Jessica Capers of Gastonia, N.C. and Tyler Hobgood of Oxford, N.C. to their 2011 incoming class.
Woods, out of Naples Community School has been ranked as high as the No. 44 overall prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz and as the 10th best shooting guard by All Star Girls’ Report.

Capers signed to play at West Virginia in 2007, but a knee injury sidelined her for her freshman season. During the Mountaineers’ 2009-10 campaign, the 6-2 forward saw action in 18 games, but she decided to transfer to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla. at the conclusion of the season.

Capers is ranked as the No. 3 overall junior college power forward in the country and 10th overall JC prospect according to the Dan Olson Collegiate Report.

Hobgood, a 6-1 power forward from JF Webb High School enters her senior season with a long list of accolades. She has already been named an all-conference performer on three occasions and has led her league in rebounding each of the last three seasons. Behind her aggressive play, JF Webb has won its conference’s regular season championship three straight years.

You can follow all University of Miami teams on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/hurricanesports or follow just women’s basketball at twitter.com/miamiwbb . Visit HurricaneSports.com and Miami Hurricanes Women’s Basketball on facebook to get all the up-to-date news and information on the women’s basketball team.