@MiamiWBB Hosts Reigning ACC Champ Notre Dame
Jan. 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
Miami will take on fourth-ranked Notre Dame Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. The Fighting Irish won the ACC last season and have made four consecutive Final Fours, recording over 30 wins in each of those seasons.
The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 14-3 over Miami and won 79-52 at home in the last matchup on Jan. 23, 2014. The meeting last season was the first time the programs had faced off since 2004.
This will be the team’s first televised game at the BankUnited Center this season, as the action will air live on ESPN3. Mike Levine and Ruth Riley will be on the call and the link for the game can be found by clicking here.
WVUM 90.5 FM will broadcast the game as well and it will also be streamed online at WVUM.org.
A native of Newport News, Va., Motley has scored at least 16 points in 11 of 14 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 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals 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 12 straight games and is averaging 5.9 points and 5.0 rebounds on the season.
Miami is second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and top 30 in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 55.5 points a game. The Hurricanes are atop the ACC in steals per game, averaging 12.5 per contest, which is good for the tenth best mark in the NCAA.
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 250-169, including a record of 174-124 at Miami. Meier picked up her 250th career victory in Miami’s most recent game, a 74-53 win over Boston College.
Last Time Out
The Hurricanes opened up their ACC schedule Sunday, Jan. 4 by hosting Boston College at the BankUnited Center and won 74-53. Miami led by as much as 30 in the game and held the Eagles to just two fast break points. Adrienne Motley led all players with 16 points and a career-high five steals. Laura Quevedo posted 13 points on a career-high four three-pointers and also had a game-high eight rebounds. Jessica Thomas and Suriya McGuire added 12 and 10 points respectively to help ensure Katie Meier’s 250th career win.
Miami will hit the road for its first ACC game away from the BankUnited Center, as the Hurricanes head to Blacksburg, Va. to play Virginia Tech Sunday. Miami will meet the Hokies at 1:00 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.
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 at 5:30 p.m. with a pregame Chalk Talk from a Miami coach at 5:45 p.m.
The game is also Employee Day, meaning University of Miami full-time, benefitted faculty and staff members can purchase tickets for $1 by clicking here and using their login credentials.