Miami to Open Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 28
Nov. 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes will open play in the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament Friday, Nov. 28 at 1:00 p.m. against the Illinois State Redbirds at the BankUnited Center.
Miami and Illinois State have played each other just once before, with the Hurricanes winning 85-83 at a neutral court site on March 22, 1990 in the WNIT.
WVUM 90.5 FM will broadcast the game and it will also be streamed online at WVUM.org. Live video will be available through Canes All Access.
Head coach Katie Meier’s team features eight returnees, including starters Keyona Hayes, Suriya McGuire and Adrienne Motley. A sophomore guard from Newport News, Va., Motley has scored 21 points in all three of Miami’s home games so far and is the lone ACC player with over 20 points three times this season.
Redshirt freshman Nigia Greene and redshirt junior Michelle Woods are also back after missing the 2013-14 season due to injury and have combined for 52 points and 21 rebounds in Miami’s first four games.
Additionally, the Hurricanes have five new faces this year, featuring a mix of local, national, and international talent. Miami’s newcomers consist of freshmen Erykah Davenport, Aisha Edwards, Keyanna Harris, Khaila Prather, and Laura Quevedo.
Katie Meier is in her tenth year at the helm in Coral Gables, Fla., and is looking to build upon the team’s many recent successes. The Hurricanes have made five consecutive postseason appearances, three in the NCAA Tournament and two in the WNIT, and have also had over 20 wins in four of the past five seasons. Meier holds a career record of 241-168, including a record of 165-123 at Miami.
Last Time Out
The Hurricanes dropped a close, hard fought affair against Arizona State Tuesday, Nov. 25 at the BankUnited Center, falling 65-61 to a Sun Devils team that is receiving votes in the AP Poll. In a game that was back and forth throughout, sophomore guard Adrienne Motley had a stellar performance, scoring a game-high 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Redshirt junior guard Michelle Woods added nine points, while freshman guard Laura Quevedo had six points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Fewer than 24 hours after completing its game against Illinois State, Miami will be back on the court to play either Buffalo (2-2) or Tulsa (2-2) at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. If the Hurricanes defeat Illinois State, that would be the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament championship and UM would play the winner between the Bulls and the Golden Hurricane. If Miami comes up on the short end against the Redbirds, it would play the loser of the Buffalo vs. Tulsa game in the consolation game.
Avoid the Black Friday shopping lines by spending your afternoon at the BankUnited Center. The first 500 fans in attendance for Miami’s game against Illinois State will receive an adjustable Hurricanes hat. To purchase tickets, visit CanesTix.com.