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No. 6 Canes Look to Avenge Only ACC Loss vs. UNC

No. 6 Canes Look to Avenge Only ACC Loss vs. UNC

Feb. 7, 2012

 
No. 6 Miami vs. No. 22 North Carolina
     Feb. 8, 2012 | 7 p.m. | BankUnited Center | Live Video Stream $
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Miami 20-3 (9-1 ACC)
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North Carolina 17-6 (7-3 ACC)
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      • Tamara James Named an ACC Legend
      • Canes Overpower Boston College, 88-57
      • Johnson and Williams Named to Wooden List
                             

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes have played nine games since their disappointing Atlantic Coast Conference opener in Chapel Hill, N.C, and to say they have lived up to their preseason billing during that stretch would be an understatement.

Nine straight wins, including two against opponents now ranked in the Top-25. Three conference wins of 20 or more points. The first-ever victory for the program against a Top-5 opponent.

Need more?

The first road win in Tallahassee against rival Florida State since 1987. Five more wins at the BankUnited Center, stretching the nation’s third-longest home winning streak to a whopping 37 games. A national ranking of No. 6 in the newest Associated Press Top-25 poll, tied for the best showing in program history.

Impressive? Without a doubt.

But none of that matters on Wednesday, when the Canes take the BankUnited parquet to do battle once more with No. 23 North Carolina, the same team that last took down Miami in 2012. The Hurricanes blew an eight-point lead with less than six minutes to go in Chapel Hill on Jan. 2, losing a heartbreaker to the Heels 65-63.

If the Canes hope to avoid a similar result on Wednesday, they’ll need solid contributions from a frontcourt missing one of its brightest stars.

Reigning ACC Player of the Week Chay Shegog, who ranks second in the ACC with 16.8 points per game and seventh with 7.7 rebounds, wrought havoc on the Hurricanes frontcourt last time out, pacing North Carolina with 20 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Laura Broomfield leads the conference with a 9.9 rebound-per-game average, while junior swing player Krista Gross chips in over seven rebounds per game of her own.

The Canes were outrebounded 41-34 in their last tilt with the Heels, while the aforementioned trio combined for an impressive 18 boards. With the season-ending injury to All-ACC forward Morgan Stroman (eight rebounds against UNC), the post play of senior Sylvia Bullock (4.2 rebounds per game) and junior center Shawnice Wilson (4.9) has become pivotal to the Canes’ chances of late-season success.

So far, so good for the Canes without Stroman, who was lost before the team’s Jan. 23 matchup with Virginia Tech. Miami has outrebounded its opposition by a plus-44 margin over its last three games, and will need one of its best performances to date if they hope to outlast a vengeful Tar Heels squad that lost its last game to the rival No. 5 Duke Blue Devils by 40 points.

The Miami/UNC Match-Up By The Numbers

3 – Tar Heels ranked in the Top-15 of the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding average. The Hurricanes only have one player (Shenise Johnson, No. 6) on the list.

#4 – Ranked scoring offense and scoring defense for North Carolina in the ACC. The Heels average 71.8 points per game, while holding opponents to a paltry 59.0 average.

7 – Double-doubles for Shenise Johnson so far in 2011-12. Last time out against Clemson, the senior scored 19 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. She now has 34 double-doubles for her career, the most of any current ACC player.

20 – Wins for the Hurricanes in 2011-12, becoming the first ACC team to eclipse the 20-win barrier. It is the third straight season of 20 wins or more for the Hurricanes, and the 11th such season in program history.

28.2 – Defensive rebounds per game for UNC, which ranks second in the conference. Miami ranks sixth with 26.2 boards per game.

32 – Blocks for senior Sylvia Bullock this season, tops for the Hurricanes. She will face tough competition on Wednesday; Chay Shegog is second in the ACC with 2.5 swats per game.

51 – Three-pointers made by Stefanie Yderstrom so far this season, which ranks first in the ACC. Teammate Riquna Williams is only four behind, ranking second in the conference with 47 three-point field goals.

122 – Consecutive games started by Shenise Johnson, the longest active streak of any player in the nation.

148 – Blocks for the Tar Heels so far in 2011-12. Their team average of 6.4 blocks per game is the best in the ACC.

2,009 – Career points for senior guard Riquna Williams. The All-ACC selection became the second Hurricane this season (Shenise Johnson) and fifth player in program history to eclipse the mark against Clemson on Sunday.

– list compiled by Haley Struthers