@MiamiWBB Faces Clemson Thursday at the BUC
Jan. 15, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes, now receiving votes in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, will square off against Clemson Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.
Miami holds a 7-6 lead in the all-time series against Clemson and has won four of the last five meetings between the teams. The most recent meeting came last season with the Tigers winning at home 60-52 on Jan. 26, 2014.
The game will be televised live on ESPN3 with Mike Levine and Ruth Riley on the call. 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 13 of 16 games this season and was named both the espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week Monday. 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 and got her first start of the season in the last outing at Virginia Tech.
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 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 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.
Miami is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and top 25 in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 55.3 points a game. The Hurricanes are second the ACC in steals per game, averaging 11.7 per contest, which is good for a top 20 mark in the country.
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 252-169, including a record of 176-124 at Miami. Meier picked up her 250th career victory in Miami’s win over Boston College Jan. 4 and she got the 100th conference victory of her career in the Hurricanes’ last game, a win at Virginia Tech.
Last Time Out
Miami played its first ACC road game of the season Sunday, Jan. 11 and defeated Virginia Tech 62-45. The game was close much of the way, but the Hurricanes dominated the final 14 minutes, outscoring the Hokies 31-12. Adrienne Motley, playing in her home state, posted a game-high 22 points and equaled her career high with eight rebounds. Nigia Greene added 12 points, while Jassany Williams blocked eight shots and pulled down 12 rebounds to match her season high. The Hurricanes committed just eight turnovers in the win and forced the Hokies into 20.
After playing Clemson, the Hurricanes will go back on the road for the second of five straight Sunday away games. Miami will meet No. 16/14 Duke Sunday, Jan. 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
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.