@MiamiWBB Set for Regular Season Road Finale
Feb. 26, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Hurricanes, receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the fifth time this season, will head to North Carolina for the second straight week to cap their regular season road slate. Miami will play Wake Forest Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Miami has won three straight games against Wake Forest and now has a 9-8 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. The teams met twice last season, with Miami winning 84-53 at Wake Forest Jan. 4, 2014 and then defeating the Demon Deacons 72-64 in Coral Gables, Fla. Feb. 23, 2014.
WVUM 90.5 FM will carry the game and it will also be streamed online at WVUM.org. Live video will be available via Wake Forest All-Access.
Head coach Katie Meier has eight players back on the roster from the 2013-14 season, including starters Suriya McGuire, a senior guard, and Adrienne Motley, a sophomore guard. Junior forward Keyona Hayes started last season, but has yet to play in 2014-15 due to injury.
A native of Newport News, Va., Motley has scored at least 13 points 22 times in 27 games 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 12 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 13.9 points, 5.4 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, who is redshirting with a torn ACL.
Miami, No. 57 in the RPI, is giving up just 58.7 points per game and have allowed over 71 points just twice all season. The Hurricanes rank fourth in the ACC with a +4.6 turnover margin, good for the No. 32 mark 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 257-175, including 181-130 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 53-25 record (.679) 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
Miami dropped a tough one to No. 17/14 North Carolina Sunday, Feb. 22 at the BankUnited Center, falling by a single point, 66-65. The Hurricanes trailed by seven with fewer than three minutes left and were down by five with under a minute and a half to play, but put together an impressive comeback attempt. Michelle Woods led the way for Miami, scoring a game-high 18 points, while also grabbing six rebounds and matching her career best with 34 minutes played. Adrienne Motley, Jessica Thomas and Erykah Davenport all finished in double figures as well, with Thomas also setting a career high with nine rebounds. Jassany Williams had nine rebounds too and she also led all players with four blocks.
The Hurricanes will close the regular season at home against No. 9/8 Florida State Sunday, March 1. The game will serve as senior day for McGuire, Sterling and Williams and it will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center.