@CanesWBB Faces Indiana in Florida Sunshine Classic
|Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 • 7:15 p.m. ET|
|Winter Park, Fla. • Warden Arena|
|Game Notes: Miami • Indiana|
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Miami, ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, will conclude play in the Florida Sunshine Classic Sunday evening against Indiana. The game is scheduled for 7: 15 p.m. at Rollins College’s Warden Arena.
The Florida Sunshine Classic
The game between the Hurricanes and Hoosiers is the third of five in the Florida Sunshine Classic in Winter Park, Fla. Miami fell 88-81 to No. 4/4 Baylor Saturday night in its first game of the event. Also on Sunday, James Madison meets West Virginia at 5 p.m. Monday, the Bears take on the Dukes at 5 p.m., followed by the Mountaineers playing the Hoosiers at 7:15 p.m.
The Hurricanes and Hoosiers have squared off twice before, with each team taking one meeting. In the most recent contest, Indiana picked up a 69-54 victory win on the road on Dec. 5, 2008.
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 269-180, including 193-135 at Miami.
The Hoosiers enter at 7-2 on the season and are riding a four-game winning streak, but have not played since Dec. 11. Sophomore guard Tyra Buss is pacing Indiana with 19.0 points and 3.9 assists per game, while sophomore forward Amanda Cahill is averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. Indiana posted a 15-16 record in 2014-15, including a 4-14 mark in Big Ten play.
Last Time Out
The Hurricanes dropped their first game of the season Saturday night against fourth-ranked Baylor in their Florida Sunshine Classic opener. The Lady Bears won 88-81 behind 25 points from All-American junior forward Nina Davis and 24 from redshirt junior guard Alexis Jones.
Miami was led by a season-high-tying 24 points from Motley, who shot 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the floor and hit a career-best five 3-pointers on seven attempts. Thomas chipped in with a season-high 18 points and matched her season best with six assists. The Hurricanes led by as much as seven and were in front for 14 minutes and 31 seconds of action.
Miami will wrap up its non-conference slate Tuesday at the BankUnited Center when it hosts FIU at 2 p.m.