Game Day: @CanesWBB at Loyola Chicago Nov. 21
|Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 • 2:30 p.m. ET|
|Chicago, Ill. • Gentile Arena|
|Game Notes: Miami • Loyola Chicago|
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|Weather: Snow, 36°F • Visiting Chicago|
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The Hurricanes, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and USA TODAY Coaches Poll, are set to take on Loyola Chicago Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Gentile Arena in Chicago. The contest will be a homecoming for Miami head coach Katie Meier, who hails from nearby Wheaton, Ill.
Miami and Loyola Chicago have never faced each other before. The Ramblers are the second of four teams the Hurricanes will square off against this season that they have not previously played.
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 2010-11 AP National Coach of the Year is in her 15th season as a head coach, spending the first four at Charlotte, and owns a career record of 262-179, including 186-134 at Miami.
The Ramblers have split their first two games of the season and have already faced another ACC team, falling 84-77 at Georgia Tech to open the season. Loyola Chicago, under the direction of three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes as head coach, will be facing Miami in its home opener. The team went 6-25 last season, including 3-15 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Last Time Out
Miami won 61-35 over Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. in its first road game of the season. After building a 26-9 lead, the Lady Monarchs went on a 19-6 run to cut the deficit to four before the Hurricanes scored 20 unanswered points en route to the 26-point win. Motley, playing near her hometown of Newport News, Va., poured in 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while Davenport added 10 points and nine rebounds and Hof had eight of each. Miami had a 32-6 edge on points in the paint and led 20-2 in bench points.
The Hurricanes will head from Chicago right to Charlotte, N.C. where they will take on Charlotte Monday at 7 p.m. at Dale F. Halton Arena.