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@CanesWBB Opens Season at Kentucky in Top-20 Clash

@CanesWBB Opens Season at Kentucky in Top-20 Clash

No. 14/20 MiamiatNo. 19/19 Kentucky

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 • 7 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky. • Memorial Coliseum (8,000)
Game Notes: Miami • Kentucky
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2015-16 TEAM STATS
2015-16 Record 24-9 25-8
2015-16 Points 70.7 74.7
2015-16 Points Allowed 60.7 60.6
Motley 15.7   Hayes 5.5
Pughsley 17.1   Akhator 9.3
Thomas 3.6   Hayes 1.3
Epps 4.3   Akhator 1.0
  3FG     STEALS  
Thomas 1.9   Motley 1.6
Morris 1.5   Murray 1.7


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team will begin its 2016-17 campaign this weekend at the Kentucky Classic in Lexington, Ky.

The Hurricanes are set two play two games, with the season opener coming Friday at 7p.m., against homestanding Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum. Miami will be starting the season with a true road game against a team outside the state of Florida for the first time in program history.

Both Miami and Kentucky are ranked in the top 20 in the nation, with the Hurricanes at No. 14 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 20 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and the Wildcats at No. 19 in both. Friday’s game is the only one across the nation on the season’s first night featuring two ranked teams.

Miami is 1-5 all-time against Kentucky, but the teams have met just twice in the past 25 years. In the most recent matchup, Kentucky registered a 60-57 home win on Dec. 1, 2001.

The Hurricanes return 10 of 11 letter winners from last year’s 24-9 (10-6 ACC) team that tied for the fifth-most wins in a single season in program history and reached the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years.

Miami, under the direction of 12th-year head coach Katie Meier, has made the postseason seven years in a row and logged 20-plus victories in six of those campaigns. Senior guard Adrienne Motley was named a Preseason All-ACC pick for the second year in a row and also was a College Sports Madness Preseason Fourth Team All-American.

Kentucky is 186-57 over the past seven seasons, earning five Sweet 16 appearances and three Elite Eight trips. The Wildcats, picked fourth in the SEC this year, went 25-8 (10-6 SEC) in 2015-16 and reached the Sweet 16.

Friday night’s contest will be broadcast on SEC Network + HERE, while action will also be carried on WVUM 90.5 FM HERE. Live stats for the matchup can be found HERE.

After taking on the Wildcats, the Hurricanes will play their second game at the Kentucky Classic two days later, also at 7 p.m., against Albany.

To keep up with the University of Miami women’s basketball team on social media, follow @CanesWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.