@CanesWBB Heads to Virginia to Face ODU
|Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 • 7 p.m. ET|
|Norfolk, Va. • Ted Constant Convocation Center|
|Game Notes: Miami • Old Dominion|
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Miami, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and USA TODAY Coaches Poll, will begin its road slate Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va. against Old Dominion. The game is set for 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Center.
Old Dominion has won all three meetings between the two teams, with each of the matchups coming between 1986 and 1996. The last contest was a 94-55 home victory for the Lady Monarchs Dec. 1, 1996.
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 261-179, including 185-134 at Miami.
The Lady Monarchs are 1-1 in the early going of the 2015-16 season, falling 62-57 at Richmond and winning 71-57 over Wagner at home. Old Dominion posted a 21-13 record last season, including an 11-7 mark in Conference USA action, and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
Last Time Out
The Hurricanes topped Bethune-Cookman 55-47 Sunday evening behind a game-high 17 points from Woods. The Naples, Fla. native hit four 3-pointers, including three in a row in the third period, during which Miami mounted a comeback to take a lead it would not give up. Hayes logged the ninth double-double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Hurricanes had a 43-26 edge in rebounding in the game, including 21-6 on the offensive end.
Miami will continue its three-game road trip with a contest at Loyola-Chicago Saturday, Nov. 21. The matchup is set for 2:30 p.m. at Gentile Arena.