@MiamiWBB to Host Virginia Wednesday
Jan. 21, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
The Hurricanes, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, host the Virginia Cavaliers Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.
Virginia leads the all-time series against Miami by a margin of 8-5. However, the Hurricanes have won four of the last five matchups, including coming away with a victory in the most recent meeting, last season on Feb. 27, 2014. Miami won that game 83-63 at Virginia.
The game will be televised live on ESPN3 with Mike Levine and Kelly Schumacher on the call and the broadcast can be found at this link.
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 15 points in 14 of 18 games this season and was named both the espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week last 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. Senior forward Necole Sterling is a key part of Miami’s frontcourt and has started each of the past three 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 13.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 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 25 in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 55.3 points a game. The Hurricanes also rank No. 12 in the NCAA with a +6.4 turnover margin, which is third in the ACC.
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 253-170, including a record of 177-125 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 49-20 record (.710) in ACC play since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Last Time Out
Miami dropped its first ACC game of the season Sunday, Jan. 18 at No. 16/14 Duke. The Hurricanes led the Blue Devils late in the first half, but Duke went on a run to close the first session and open the second to create some space. Miami fell by a final score of 68-53, but remains tied for second place in the conference. Necole Sterling led Miami with 17 points and she set a career high with five made three-pointers, while also equaling her season best with six rebounds. Erykah Davenport played a career-high 24 minutes and led the Hurricanes with seven rebounds.
The Hurricanes will hit the road for their third straight Sunday road game, as they travel to the Bluegrass State to face the Louisville Cardinals. This will be the first ACC meeting between the two teams and the game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.
As is the case for all games this season, youth 12-and-under will receive free admission. 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.
Additionally, during a break in the action, Sebastian the Ibis will attempt to break the Guinness World Records top mark for hugs by a mascot in one minute, as Wednesday is National Hug Day. Finally, the Band of the Hour will perform at halftime.