@CanesWBB to Face Bethune-Cookman at the BUC
|Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 • 4 p.m. ET|
|Coral Gables, Fla. • BankUnited Center|
|Game Notes: Miami|
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|Woods||7.0||Harris / Hof||1.0|
|Woods||4.0||Thomas / Woods||2.0|
The Hurricanes, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and USA TODAY Coaches Poll, are set to wrap up a brief two-game homestand Sunday against Bethune-Cookman. The Hurricanes and Wildcats will square off at 4 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Tickets are $5, with youth 12-and-under admitted free of charge.
The Hurricanes have won each of the last five meetings and hold a 7-1 edge in the all-time series against Bethune-Cookman. The teams last met Nov. 18, 2009 and Miami earned an 88-46 victory at the BUC.
Eight Hurricanes are back from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15. That group includes a trio of starters who are now the team captains: junior guard Adrienne Motley, a Preseason All-ACC selection, junior guard Jessica Thomas and redshirt senior guard Michelle Woods.
One of the eight returnees is redshirt junior forward Keyona Hayes, who missed last season due to an ankle injury after leading the team in rebounding in 2013-14. The Hurricanes also have a quartet of sophomores in forward/center Erykah Davenport, guard Nigia Greene (redshirt sophomore), forward Keyanna Harris and forward Khaila Prather.
Additionally, Miami has four new players in the fold this season in guard Laura Cornelius, forward/center Emese Hof, forward/center Zada Williams and guard/forward Shaneese Bailey, who will sit out the season as a transfer from Florida Atlantic.
Eleventh-year head coach Katie Meier has led Miami to great heights during her tenure. Since 2009-10, she has directed the program to its greatest six-year stretch ever, making the postseason in all six years, with five 20-plus win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Meier has guided Miami to 53 victories in ACC play over the past five seasons, the second-most of any team in the conference. The Wheaton, Ill. native is in her 15th season as a head coach, spending the first four at Charlotte, and owns a career record of 260-179, including 184-134 at Miami.
The Wildcats were picked sixth in the MEAC preseason poll voting and fell 68-61 in their season-opening contest against Brown Friday. They are coming off a 12-21 season in 2014-15 during which they posted a 9-7 record in MEAC play.
Last Time Out
Miami began the regular season with an 80-67 home victory over Wright State, charging back after falling behind 17-4 and outscoring the Raiders by 26 the rest of the way. Four Hurricanes netted over a dozen points, led by 17 from Thomas. Hayes, in her first game back, nearly recorded a double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds. Woods, on her birthday, set a career high with seven assists to go along with her 14 points and six rebounds, while Motley chipped in with 13 points. The Hurricanes played in front of a record-setting crowd of 4,034, the highest attendance ever at the Miami home game.
The Hurricanes open play on the road against Old Dominion Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
As is the case for all women’s basketball games at the BankUnited Center this season, youth 12-and-under will receive free admission. Team posters and schedule cards will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance.
In addition, the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Fall Family Fest will be held on the UM campus prior to the game from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A bike ride for participating children will go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a cost of $15. Those who take part will receive free entry to the basketball game and family members can get tickets for just $3. Additional information on the DCC Fall Family Fest can be found HERE.