@MiamiWBB Travels To Face No. 16/14 Duke
Jan. 18, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Cameron Indoor Stadium | Durham, N.C.
The Hurricanes, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, will meet the No. 16/14 Duke Blue Devils Sunday, Jan. 18. The game is set for 1:00 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. and will begin a stretch where Miami plays five of seven games on the road.
Duke leads the all-time series 11-1 against Miami, but the Hurricanes have played quite well against the Blue Devils of late. Miami won at home 68-65 Feb. 28, 2013 for the program’s first win over a team ranked top four in either poll.
Last season the Hurricanes lost by hard fought game by just one point to the third-ranked Blue Devils, falling 76-75 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The contest will be televised live on regional networks, with Fox Sports Florida carrying the game in South Florida. The game can also be seen on ESPN3 at this link (subject to blackout). Mike Hogewood and Debbie Antonelli will be on the call for the broadcast.
WVUM 90.5 FM will have 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 15 points in 14 of 17 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 her first two starts of the season have come in the last two games.
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 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game thus far.
Additionally, the Hurricanes feature four new faces, with a mix of local and talent. Miami’s newcomers are all freshmen and consist of forwards Erykah Davenport, Keyanna Harris and Khaila Prather, as well as guard Aisha Edwards.
Miami is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and top 20 in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 54.5 points a game. The Hurricanes are second the ACC in steals per game, averaging 11.4 per contest, which is good for a top 25 mark in the country. Additionally, Miami’s +6.4 turnover margin is third in the ACC and ranks top 20 in nation.
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 253-169, including a record of 177-124 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’ win at Virginia Tech Jan. 11. She has guided the Hurricanes to a 49-19 record (.721) in ACC play since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Last Time Out
The Hurricanes put on a show in an impressive 79-42 victory over Clemson at the BankUnited Center Thursday, Jan. 15. Miami set a new season high by shooting 47.6 percent from three-point range (10-of-21) and has twice as many rebounds as the Tigers. Necole Sterling had one of her best games of the season in the win, recording 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Adrienne Motley and Michelle Woods added 15 and 12 points respectively, while Jassany Williams recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami will host the Virginia Cavaliers at the BankUnited Center Wednesday, Jan. 21. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.