@MiamiWBB to Host Miami Holiday Tournament
Dec. 28, 2014 – Dec. 29, 2014
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
Miami welcomes Florida A&M (3-6, 1-0 MEAC), LSU (5-5) and UNCG (5-7) to Coral Gables for the Miami Holiday Tournament Sunday, Dec. 28 and Monday, Dec. 29 at the BankUnited Center. Games are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on both days.
Sunday, Dec. 28, 1:00 p.m.: Miami vs. Florida A&M (Game 1)
Sunday, Dec. 28, 3:00 p.m.: LSU vs. UNCG (Game 2)
Monday, Dec. 29, 1:00 p.m.: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Monday, Dec. 29, 3:00 p.m.: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
The Hurricanes have previously played all three teams coming to town for the tournament. Miami has met Florida A&M 20 times, with the Hurricanes leading the all-time series 11-9. Miami has faced LSU three times and lost all three games. The Hurricanes have played UNCG just once and won that contest.
WVUM 90.5 FM will broadcast both of Miami’s games and they will also be streamed online at WVUM.org.
LSU’s two games game can be heard in the Baton Rouge, La. area on WBRP 107.3 FM as well as online at LSUsports.net/live.
Live video for all four games can be seen via Canes All Access.
A native of Newport News, Va., Motley has scored at least 16 points in nine of 11 games this season. She is one of three players to start every game this season, along with redshirt senior forward Jassany Williams and sophomore guard Jessica Thomas. Forward Necole Sterling is a key part of Miami’s frontcourt off the bench is one of three seniors on the team.
Redshirt freshman guard Nigia Greene and redshirt junior guard Michelle Woods are back after missing the 2013-14 season due to injury and have combined to average 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game thus far.
Additionally, the Hurricanes have five new faces this year, featuring a mix of local, national and international talent. Miami’s newcomers are all freshmen and consist of forwards Erykah Davenport, Keyanna Harris, Khaila Prather, and Laura Quevedo, as well as guard Aisha Edwards. Quevedo has started nine straight games and is averaging 4.8 points and 4.8 rebounds on the season.
Miami is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 55.1 points a game. The Hurricanes also top the ACC and rank No. 13 in the nation in steals per game, averaging 12.5 per contest.
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 247-169, including a record of 171-124 at Miami. Meier is three wins away from 250 career victories.
Last Time Out
Miami faced Tulane Dec. 19 in its second game of the Tulane/DoubleTree Classic in New Orleans and dropped a close one, 70-65. Necole Sterling had a career day with a game-high 20 points and six rebounds, while Adrienne Motley added 17 points and Jassany Williams posted 10 points and nine rebounds. One day earlier, the Hurricanes beat UCLA 74-67 in New Orleans, behind 23 points from Motley and 17 from Michelle Woods. Motley was named the tournament MVP and Williams was selected to the all-tournament team.
After playing two games in as many days in the Miami Holiday Tournament, the Hurricanes will have five days off before their next game. Then, on Sunday, Jan. 4, Miami will begin ACC play by facing Boston College at the BankUnited Center at 1:00 p.m.
As is the case for all games this season, youth 12-and-under will receive free admission to each of the games during the Miami Holiday Tournament.