@MiamiWBB to Open ACC Play Against BC

@MiamiWBB to Open ACC Play Against BC

Jan. 4, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.

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Miami (10-3) vs. Boston College (8-5)
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The Game
The Hurricanes will play their first game of 2015 and their first ACC game of the season against the Eagles of Boston College Sunday, Jan. 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.

The Series
Miami and Boston College have played each other 40 times, with the Hurricanes holding a 23-17 advantage in the series. The Eagles won the most recent matchup, defeating Miami 63-62 last season on Jan. 16, 2014 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Miami had won the prior six meetings between the two programs.

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 10 of 13 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 14.2 points and 5.5 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 11 straight games and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds on the season.

Miami is tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense, allowing just 55.7 points a game. The Hurricanes are atop the ACC in steals per game, averaging 12.7 per contest, which is good for the No. 10 mark in the NCAA.

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 249-169, including a record of 173-124 at Miami. Meier is one win away from 250 career victories.

Last Time Out
Miami knocked off five-time Final Four participant LSU in the championship of the Miami Holiday Tournament Monday, Dec. 29. The Hurricanes won 76-71  and had three players score in double digits. Adrienne Motley had 16 points, Necole Sterling added 15 and Suriya McGuire posted 10. Khaila Prather had one of the best games of her young career, matching career highs with six points and a team-high six rebounds. Miami defeated Florida A&M 83-47 one day prior in the first game of the tournament. Adrienne Motley was named MVP of the Miami Holiday Tournament and Necole Sterling was selected to the all-tournament team.

Up Next
The Hurricanes will welcome 2014 NCAA Tournament runner-up Notre Dame to the BankUnited Center Thursday, Jan. 8 for the second game of ACC play. The game against the Fighting Irish is schedule for 7:00 p.m.

As is the case for all games this season, youth 12-and-under will receive free admission. In addition, there will be an H100 Happy Hour for all season ticket holders beginning 90 minutes before the game starts.