No. 23 WBB Opens Season at Home vs. UNF
Series: Miamileads 1-0
Last Meeting: Dec. 31, 2009 – Miami won, 80-36, in Coral Gables
The Miami Hurricanes open theirhighly anticipated 2012-13 campaign Friday night, facing off against thevisiting North Florida Ospreys in the season opener for both teams. Tip-off isset for 8 p.m.
Miami unofficiallybegan its campaign with an 85-63 win over Nova Southeastern University in anexhibition game Nov. 5. Playing without former four-time All-ACC guard SheniseJohnson in the starting line-up for the first time in the past 131 games, headcoach Katie Meier used a balance of veteran talent and upstart youth in thevictory. The Hurricanes will need both if they hope to compete for a thirdstraight NCAA Tournament appearance in March.
Veterans StefanieYderstrom (19 points), Shawnice Wilson (10 points) and Morgan Stroman (10points) will form the focal point of the team’s leadership, while youngertalents like Suriya McGuire (14 points, six rebounds), junior Krystal Saunders(seven points) and freshman Keyona Hayes (six points, nine rebounds) are all expectedto contribute serious minutes.
The game will be carried live by 90.5WVUM Studetn Radio with Ben Fritz and AJ Ricketts on the call.
Head coach Katie Meier is in her 12thseason as a head coach and eighth at Miami. She has a 202-140 overall recordand is 126-95 at UM.
Season tickets are on sale at CanesTix.com orby calling 305-284-2263.
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The Hurricanes are 31-9 in season-opening games and are a combined 23-3 whenthey open the season at home, including a perfect 7-0 record when opening theseason at the BankUnited Center.
MEIER ENTERS EIGHTH SEASON AT MIAMI
In 2012-13, head coach Katie Meier and her staff will begin their eighth yearat the helm in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA tournamentsecond round for the second consecutive season, finishing second in theAtlantic Coast Conference with a 14-2 record. Overall, Miami finished with a26-6 record, the third straight 20-win season for Meier.
RETURNING ALL-ACC PERFORMERS
Miami returns two All-ACC players for the 2012-13 campaign. Sharp-shootingpoint guard Stefanie Yderstrom earned third-team conference honors last season,leading the ACC with 68 3-pointers. Morgan Stroman was well on her way toearning conference honors for the second consecutive season. However, midwaythrough the season, the 2009 McDonald’s
All-Americantore her Achilles tendon, ending her junior campaign. As a sophomore, theforward earned third-team honors.
HITTING THE BOOKS
Stefanie Yderstrom has been named to the ACC All-Academic Team each of the lasttwo seasons. The senior is a sports administration major, has earned an overall3.28 GPA and was named to the dean’s list last semester with a 3.66 GPA.
NOT IN THIS HOUSE
The Hurricanes enter the season with the nation’s second-longest home winstreak. Only Stanford (79) has more consecutive home wins than Miami’s 40 insidethe BankUnited Center. Defending national champs Baylor also has 40 consecutivehome wins. Kentucky and Ohio State are next in line with at 20 straight wins.
A PREMIER SCHEDULE
In addition to the always exciting ACC schedule, Miami will welcome twotop-ranked programs to the BankUnited Center. On Nov. 18, the Canes will face Tennesseefor the second consecutive season. Then on Nov. 29 Penn State will make a tripto Coral Gables as part of the ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge.
The Canes welcome freshmen Caprice Dennis (G, 5-9) from Detroit, Keyona Hayes(F, 6-1) from Marietta, Ga., and Macy Keen (C, 6-6) from nearby Ft. Lauderdale,Fla., to the 2012-13 squad.
BIG INSIDE PRESENCE
The Hurricanes saw their 6-6 center, Shawnice Wilson in action for the firsttime last season after she transferred from Pitt. The Pittsburgh native startedto come into her own late in the season and against NC State (Feb. 16), shesecured her fi rst double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. It was the first win for the Canes at Reynolds Coliseum.
BIG-TIME TEAM ON THE SMALL SCREEN
The Jan. 6 meeting with Virginia will be the first of nine regular seasongames that will be televised this season.
Before Stroman’s injury last season, Yderstrom averaged 9.1 points per game andscored in double figures in nine of 19 games. In the final 13 games of the season,the Swede scored in double digits nine times, twice setting her career highwith 22 points vs. Virginia Tech, then 26 at No. 8 Maryland. The guard averaged13.5 points and connected on 28 3-pointers.
FORMER STARS IN THE WNBA
In April, Miami’s Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams were selected by the SanAntonio Silver Stars and the Tulsa Shock with the fi fth and 17th picks,respectively, in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Johnson and Williams became the third and fourth playersin Miami’s history to be selected in the WNBA Draft. Williams was named to the2012 WNBA All-Rookie Team.
CANES AGAIN ENTER THE SEASON IN THE POLLS
For the second consecutive season, the Hurricanes enter their year with aspot in each the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. Miami is ranked No.23 in the coaches and No. 24 in the AP accroding to the voters.
MIAMI STUDENT-ATHLETES SET GSR SCHOOLRECORD
The University of Miami recorded a department-wide school-record GraduationSuccess Rate (GSR) of 93 percent, according to the rates released Oct. 25 bythe NCAA.
As adepartment, Miami’s 93 percent GSR ranks fourth among ACC schools and is eighthoverall among FBS schools. Overall, the University of Miami athletic departmenthas improved from 77 to 93 percent from 2005 to 2012, a year after UMstudent-athletes posted a then-record 89 percent GSR in 2011. UM has exceededthe NCAA average GSR in each of the last eight years.
Six UM teamscompiled GSR marks of 100 percent; men’s diving and golf posted its eighthconsecutive perfect GSR mark, while women’s tennis recorded its fifth straightGSR score of 100 percent. Also adding perfect GSR scorers were women’s rowing,women’s golf, women’s swimming and volleyball.
The most recent Division I Graduation SuccessRates are based on the four entering classes from 2002-2003 through 2005-06.