@CanesWBB to Face Coppin State at the BUC
|Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 • 7 p.m. ET|
|Coral Gables, Fla. • BankUnited Center|
|Game Notes: Miami • Coppin State|
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The Hurricanes, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and USA TODAY Coaches Poll, are set to square off against Coppin State Friday night at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. Tickets are $5, with youth 12-and-under admitted free of charge.
After never previously meeting, Miami and Coppin State have played each other in each of the past two years, with the Hurricanes winning both meetings. Miami topped the Eagles 70-54 on Dec. 13, 2014 in the most recent matchup.
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.
Katie Meier, in her eleventh season in Coral Gables, Fla., has led Miami to great heights during her tenure. Since 2009-10, the Wheaton, Ill. native 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 267-179, including 191-134 at Miami.
The Eagles have four players who average double-digit points per game, led by senior forward Janelle Lane at 12.2 per contest. Coppin State is 2-4 on the season has not played outside the state of Maryland since Nov. 16. The team was picked seventh in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, garnering two first place votes, after a 7-22 (5-11 MEAC) campaign last year.
Last Time Out
After trailing by as many as 13 points, Miami fought back to earn a 73-64 victory over Illinois in front of a record student crowd Wednesday night at the BUC. The win moved the Hurricanes to 8-0 for the second time in program history, joining a 12-0 start in 2003-04.
Down by eight points in the fourth period, Miami went on a 16-0 run to take a lead it would not relinquish. Motley scored 24 points, with 16 coming in the second half, to go along with 15 from Thomas and 13 from Hof, who had 11 after the break. The Hurricanes more than doubled Illinois in points in the paint, finishing with a 34-16 advantage after limiting standout sophomore center Chatrice White to six points on 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) shooting.
The Hurricanes will wrap up their five-game homestand Sunday at 1 p.m. when they face UMass Lowell at the BUC. It will be the team’s last home game until a Dec. 22 contest against FIU.
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, schedule cards and new rules infographics will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance.