@MiamiWBB Starts Holiday Tournament vs. FAMU

@MiamiWBB Starts Holiday Tournament vs. FAMU

Dec. 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.

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Miami (8-3) vs. Florida A&M (3-6, 1-0 MEAC)
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The Game
The Hurricanes will take on the Rattlers of Florida A&M in the opener of the Miami Holiday Tournament. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.

The Series
Miami has met Florida A&M 20 times, but just once in the last 23 years. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 11-9 and won at home, 83-69, in the last meeting between the teams on Dec. 1, 2009.

The Broadcasts
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.

The Team
Head coach Katie Meier’s team features eight returnees, including three starters: junior forward Keyona Hayes, senior guard Suriya McGuire and sophomore guard Adrienne Motley.

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.

The Coach
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.

Up Next
Regardless of the outcome of the game against Florida A&M, Miami will play again Dec. 29 at the BankUnited Center, but the time and opponent are yet to be determined. If the Hurricanes defeat the Rattlers, Miami will play at 3:00 p.m. in the Miami Holiday Tournament championship game against the winner of the LSU vs. UNC-Greensboro game. If Miami falls against Florida A&M, it will face the loser of the other game at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game.

As is the case for all games this season, youth 12-and-under will receive free admission to this game as well as all the others during the Miami Holiday Tournament.