WBB Begins Regular Season vs. FIU
Nov. 10, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team will start regular season play Friday night with a crosstown matchup in front of its home fans.
The Hurricanes, ranked No. 24 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, are set to host FIU at 6 p.m. It is the front end of a doubleheader at the Watsco Center, as the Miami men’s team faces Gardner-Webb at 8 p.m.
Miami is 35-22 all-time against FIU, both playing and defeating the Panthers more than any other opponent. The Hurricanes have won the past three meetings, earning a 69-49 road victory on Dec. 16, 2016 in last year’s contest.
Led by 2017 UM Sports Hall of Fame inductee Katie Meier, now in her 13th season at the helm of the Hurricanes, Miami was picked fifth in the ACC by the Blue Ribbon Panel and eighth by the ACC Coaches.
The Hurricanes went 24-9 (10-6 ACC) a year ago, the second straight year they posted that record. Miami has nine letter winners back this season, including a pair of starters.
FIU is coming off a 5-24 (3-15 C-USA) campaign in 2016-17 and was picked to finish last in the Conference USA preseason poll. Junior guard Kristian Hudson led the Panthers in points (12.1) and assists (4.3) per game a year ago.
The first 100 students in attendance at the game receive a free shirt and it is military appreciation night at the Watsco Center. Team posters and schedule cards will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance.
At the conclusion of the contest, fans who wish to remain in the arena for the men’s game can do so and sit in any unoccupied seat.
Following its meeting with FIU, Miami returns to action Sunday at 2 p.m., when it welcomes Vermont to Coral Gables.