@MiamiWBB Travels to No. 23/22 Syracuse
Feb. 12, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Carrier Dome | Syracuse, N.Y.
After its first five ACC road games fell on Sundays, Miami will play its first weekday ACC away contest Thursday, Feb. 12 against No. 23/22 Syracuse. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from the Carrier Dome.
The Hurricanes hold a 17-7 advantage in the all-time series against the Orange and have won seven of the last 10 matchups. The teams met for the first time in 10 years last season, with Syracuse winning at Miami, 69-48, Feb. 20, 2014.
WVUM 90.5 FM will broadcast the game and it will also be streamed online at WVUM.org. Live video will be available via Syracuse Orange All-Access.
A native of Newport News, Va., Motley has scored at least 15 points 17 times this season and was named both the espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Player of the Week Jan. 12. 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 seven of the past eight 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 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game thus far.
Additionally, the Hurricanes have four new faces this season, featuring 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 ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense at 57.4 points per game. The Hurricanes are also third in the conference with a +5.3 turnover margin, good for No. 25 in the NCAA.
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 255-173, including 179-128 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 51-23 record (.689) in ACC play since the start of the 2010-11 season, the second best mark of the 11 current ACC schools in the conference since then.
Last Time Out
Facing No. 9/8 Florida State on the road, Miami cut its deficit to one in the second half, but the Seminoles held strong and went on to win 80-60 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas both scored 14 points in the defeat, while Jassany Williams had 10 to match her season best in ACC play. Khaila Prather had a career-high 10 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes will return home for their first weekend game at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. since Jan. 4. Miami will host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3:00 p.m.