@MiamiWBB at No. 4 Louisville Sunday
Jan. 25, 2015 | 5:00 p.m.
KFC Yum! Center | Louisville, Ky.
Miami, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll, will play at fourth-ranked Louisville Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. The two teams are part of a four-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The lone meeting between the Hurricanes and Cardinals came Jan. 11, 1989 at Louisville. Miami won that contest 59-58. This will be the first time the teams face off at the KFC Yum! Center.
The game will be televised live on regional networks, with SUN Sports 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 14 times this season and was named both the espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week last Monday. Motley 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 four 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, 5.2 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 55.4 points a game. The Hurricanes also rank No. 12 in the NCAA with a +6.4 turnover margin.
Katie Meier is in her tenth year at the helm in Coral Gables, Fla., and is continuing 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 254-170, including a record of 178-125 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 50-20 record (.714) in ACC play since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Last Time Out
The Hurricanes got back to their winning ways Wednesday, Jan. 21, defeating Virginia 67-58 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. After trailing 10-0 to open the game, Miami outscored the Cavaliers by 19 over the final 36 minutes. Jessica Thomas scored a career-high 18 points, equaled her career best with six made field goals and led all players with four steals, while committing just one turnover in 25 minutes on the court. Michelle Woods had 12 points and a season-high five assists, Suriya McGuire had 11 points and seven rebounds and Erykah Davenport set a career high with nine rebounds. Miami’s bench outscored Virginia’s 24-4.
After getting back from Louisville, Miami will have a full week until playing again. The Hurricanes’ next game is at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center Sunday, Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN3.