WBB Opens Homestand with No. 23 NC State
Feb. 8, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team plays its first of three straight home games Thursday night against No. 23/23 NC State.
Miami (16-7, 6-4 ACC) squares off with the Wolfpack at 7 p.m., at the Watsco Center after playing four of its last six contests on the road.
A chalk talk in the Hurricane 100 Room for season ticket holders is set for 5:45 p.m. The first 150 students in attendance will receive arm sleeves. Team posters and schedule cards will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance.
Miami is 10-10 against the Wolfpack after winning nine of the past 10 matchups. With a victory, the Hurricanes, who dropped the series’ first eight meetings, would take the all-time lead for the first time. Most recently, Miami registered a 67-64 road triumph on Jan. 5, 2017.
The Hurricanes head into the game having won five of their past six outings. Their last time on the court, they tallied a 92-72 win Sunday at North Carolina, topping the Tar Heels for the third year in a row. Senior forward/center Erykah Davenport notched her eighth double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman guard Mykea Gray had 14 points, sophomore guard/forward Sarah Mortensen notched a career-high 13, redshirt senior forward/guard Shaneese Bailey logged 11 and freshman guard Kelsey Marshall posted 10. The Hurricanes had a 31-5 edge in bench scoring and a 48-26 advantage in paint points.
NC State is 19-5 (8-3 ACC) thus far and is riding a co-conference-best seven-game winning streak. Senior forward Chelsea Nelson leads the Wolfpack in points (12.5) and rebounds (9.4) per game, the latter third-best in the league.
After going 23-9 (12-4 ACC) and reaching the NCAA Round of 32 in its 2016-17 campaign, the Wolfpack was voted No. 8/10 in the ACC preseason poll this year.
Following their game against NC State, the Hurricanes host No. 12/12 Florida State Sunday at 4 p.m., on ESPN2.