@CanesWBB 2016-17 Season in Review
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Aug. 28 – Picture Day
|Nov. 16 – Miami vs. Charlotte
Nov. 25 – Miami vs. Grambling State
Nov. 27- Miami vs. Texas Tech
Dec. 1 – Miami at Ohio State (cinematic)
Dec. 4 – Miami vs. Old Dominion
Dec. 6 – Miami vs. Loyola Chicago (cinematic)
Dec. 19 – Miami vs. Coppin State
Dec. 20 – Miami vs. Maine
Dec. 29 – Miami vs. Florida State
Jan. 5 – Miami vs. NC State
Jan. 8 – Miami vs. Notre Dame
Jan. 11 – Miami vs. Virginia Tech (cinematic)
Jan. 22 – Miami at Syracuse
Jan. 26 – Miami vs. North Carolina (cinematic)
Jan. 29 – Miami vs. Boston College
Feb. 2 – Miami at Wake Forest (road trip cinematic)
Feb. 9 – Miami vs. Virginia
Feb. 12 – Miami vs. Clemson
Feb. 26 – Miami vs. Georgia Tech
March 2 – Miami vs. Georgia Tech (ACCT cinematic)
March 3 – Miami vs. Florida State (ACCT cinematic)
March 4 – Miami vs. Duke (ACCT)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – For the second season in a row, the University of Miami women’s basketball team won 24 games, made the NCAA Tournament and reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
The Hurricanes’ 2016-17 campaign was an excellent one, as 12th-year head coach Katie Meier has made the norm in Coral Gables. In fact, it will go down as one of the finest seasons in program history, with the team tying for its fifth-most wins ever.
Miami was ranked in the top 22 of both major polls for the entire season, including in the top 18 of each for the final 16 weeks prior to the NCAA Tournament, peaking at No. 11 nationally.
The Hurricanes, who finished 24-9 (10-6 ACC), registered four top-25 victories for the first time since 2010-11. It was also the first time in the ACC era (since 2004-05) Miami won multiple top-25 road games or beat three ranked teams away from home.
Miami earned a pair of wins over top-10 opponents during the season, both away from home. It first defeated No. 9/10 Ohio State, 94-89, in overtime in Columbus, Ohio for a third straight ACC/Big Ten victory. The Hurricanes then topped No. 8/12 Florida State, 56-54, in Conway, S.C., marking the second straight year Miami knocked off a top-10-ranked Seminoles team in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
Through conference tournament play, Meier’s team was one of just seven teams with multiple top-10 victories away from home and one of just 13 with an AP top-10 road win.
Miami reached the postseason for the eighth consecutive season, further extending the longest streak in program history. The Hurricanes also won 20-plus games for the seventh time in those eight years after doing so once in the prior 16.
In addition, Miami reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven years after making the field three times in the previous 17.
The Hurricanes earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the fourth-highest mark in program history. Miami hosted the first two rounds on its home court, marking the first time in 24 years the NCAA Tournament was played in Coral Gables.
With a 62-60 victory over FGCU in the first round, the Hurricanes notched their fourth NCAA Tournament triumph in the past seven years after having two total wins prior to that.
Miami’s bench was stellar throughout the season, outscoring that of its opponent in 26 of 33 outings, including 17 times by double digits and by at least 28 points four times.
For the first time since 2013, two Hurricanes earned All-ACC accolades. Senior guard Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas, the team’s co-captains, were named Second Team All-ACC by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC Coaches. Motley became the third Miami player with at least three all-conference accolades, regardless of league affiliation.
In addition, for the first time, three Hurricanes were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, as Thomas, sophomore guard Laura Cornelius and sophomore forward/center Emese Hof all earned the distinction. Thomas and Hof became the third and fourth players in program history to be repeat honorees.
Miami players also reeled in numerous accolades from a variety of outlets throughout the season.
Redshirt senior forward Keyona Hayes was the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament MVP, while the All-Tournament Team included Motley and Cornelius. Motley was tabbed as the Miami Holiday Tournament MVP and junior forward/center Erykah Davenport made the All-Tournament Team.
Hayes was named to the NCAA.com Starting Five after recording a double-double in the Hurricanes’ victory at Ohio State. She was also selected as a Second Team ACC All-Tournament member after averaging 15.0 points per game on 20-of-30 (66.7 percent) shooting over three games.
Along with Hayes’ weekly honor from NCAA.com, Thomas also garnered one from HERO Sports, as she was voted the Hero of the Week following her impressive showing in the NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Khaila Prather was recognized for her efforts in the community, as she was one of 64 Division I players—seven from the ACC—selected as an Allstate Good Works Team nominee.
Among Motley’s lengthy list of accolades was being tabbed as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American. The Newport News, Va., native also was a College Sports Madness Preseason Fourth Team All-American and a member of both the Blue Ribbon Panel and ACC Coaches’ Preseason All-ACC Team.
Additionally, Motley was on the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 list, the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Early Season Watch List, The Dawn Staley Award Mid-Season Watch List and the Nancy Lieberman Award Pre-Season Watch List.
Cornelius connected on six 3-pointers in a game twice, giving her three of the 18 such occurrences in program history. She shot 6-of-6 from 3-point range in the victory at Pittsburgh, her second time making six 3-pointers without a miss, something no other Miami player has ever done even once.
Thomas shot 13-of-15 from the free throw line in a triumph at St. John’s, tying for the seventh-most attempts and eighth-most attempts from the stripe in a game in program history.
Miami set a program record for conference play by scoring 100 points in a win over North Carolina. Florida State was the only other team to reach the century mark in ACC play during the 2016-17 campaign.
A Miami player logged five steals on five occasions during the year, with Davenport doing so three times and junior forward Keyanna Harris reaching the number twice. Both did so in a triumph versus Boston College during which Miami had a co-season-high 19 steals and forced a season-best 34 turnovers.
The Hurricanes had seven double-doubles on the season, as Hayes recorded five to give her 14 in her career, and Davenport notched two. Hayes had the first double-double in the NCAA Tournament by a Miami player since 2013 when she logged 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win over FGCU.
Hayes also finished the season shooting 135-of-250, good for a 54.0 percent clip that ranks fifth on Miami’s single-season leaderboard, giving her two of the top 10 marks.
A native of Marietta, Ga., Hayes concluded her career tied for third on Miami’s all-time games played list with 129. She was also fifth in field goal percentage (.511), ninth in rebounds (754) and No. 21 in scoring (1,141).
Thomas, who hails from Gainesville, Fla., finished second in games played at Miami with 130. In addition, she was third in both 3-pointers made (179) and attempted (586), as well as No. 10 in assists (374) and No. 16 in scoring (1,281).
Motley finished in the top 10 on nine career leaderboards at Miami, including four in the top five. She ranked second in games started (126) and tied for third in games played (129), while placing fourth in 3-pointers made (169) and fifth in 3-point attempts (477). Motley also finished sixth in scoring (1,844), sixth in field goal attempts (1,537), seventh in field goals made (689), eighth in 3-point percentage (.354) and No. 10 in free throw percentage (.750).
Hayes, Thomas and Motley became just the second teammate trio in program history to have 1,000 points at the same time, joining Kym Hope, Jennifer Jordan and Cassaundra Wimes in 1998-99.
The Miami senior class of Hayes, Thomas, Motley and guard Nigia Greene was one of the very best to ever don the orange and green at Miami. In the two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17) during which all four played, the Hurricanes went 48-18, good for the fifth-most wins and seventh-best winning percentage in a two-year span in program history.
Additionally, both the single-game overall attendance and student attendance records were broken in the Hurricanes’ first year playing at the newly-named and recently-renovated Watsco Center.
In 2017-18, Miami will return six players who have started multiple games as Hurricanes. Meier, who eclipsed 300 wins in her 16-year coaching career this season, is also set to welcome a top-20 recruiting class that features a quintet of nationally-ranked, four-star prospects.