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Hurricanes Ranked Seventh in USA Today/ESPN Poll

Hurricanes Ranked Seventh in USA Today/ESPN Poll

Nov. 1, 2011

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In the first USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches’ Poll of the 2011-2012 season, the University of Miami women’s basketball team was ranked seventh nationally as chosen by Division I coaches.

The Hurricanes, who finished the 2010-2011 season ranked tenth in the final Coaches’ Poll, moved up three spots in anticipation of their 2011-12 season. The No. 7 ranking in the Coaches’ Poll is the highest rank in program history to begin a season. The Hurricanes were also ranked No. 7 in the preseason Associated Press Poll which released last week.

Miami returns every single player from a season ago, including Preseason All-American Shenise Johnson and fellow Preseason All-ACC Team member Riquna Williams. The 2010-11 season saw the Hurricanes earn a share of the ACC regular season title and earn a No. 3 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

The Canes will face six teams that are ranked in the Top-25 Coaches’ Poll, including No. 3 Tennessee, No. 8 Duke, No. 10 Maryland, No. 11 Georgetown, No. 13 Florida State and No. 19 North Carolina. Miami will play Maryland, Florida State and North Carolina two times each during the regular season.