@CanesWBB Travels to Clemson
|Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 • 4 p.m. ET|
|Clemson, S.C. • Jervey Gym|
|Game Notes: Miami • Clemson|
Angela Mallen & Bob Mihalic
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The Hurricanes, receiving votes in both the AP Poll and the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, will play Clemson Sunday at 4 p.m. at Jervey Gym in Clemson, S.C.
Miami leads the all-time series against the Tigers, 8-6, and have captured five of the past six matchups. In the most recent meeting, the Hurricanes earned their largest ACC victory over the past three-plus seasons, as they picked up a 79-42 victory over the Tigers on Jan. 15, 2015.
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 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List 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 11th 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 55 victories in ACC play since the start of the 2010-11 season, 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 273-181, including 197-136 at Miami.
The Tigers enter the game at 4-10 on the season and have played just one ACC game, falling 72-56 at North Carolina this past Sunday. Clemson has two players averaging double-digit points per game, with sophomore wing Nelly Perry leading the way at 14.8 an outing. Freshman guard Danielle Edwards averages 11.8 points per game and also leads the team in rebounds (5.5) and assists (3.4) per game. The Tigers were selected No. 15 in the ACC preseason poll after finishing 9-21 (1-15) in 2014-15.
Last Time Out
Miami rolled past Pittsburgh for a 79-55 victory Thursday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes shot 31-of-59 from the field, with their 52.5 percent clip was their best shooting performance the season. Woods nearly recorded a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Motley scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, and Hayes added 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. The Hurricanes had four times as many fast break points as Clemson, finishing with a 24-6 edge.
The Hurricanes come back home to take on Wake Forest at the BankUnited Center Thursday, Jan. 14.