ACC Releases 2018-19 WBB League Schedule
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday the league slate for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
The Hurricanes, coming off a 21-11 (10-6 ACC) season, will play two games on ESPN2/ESPNU and three more on RSN. All 16 contests will be broadcast live for the third year in a row.
Six of Miami’s conference outings come against teams that ended the 2017-18 season in the top 20 of the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, including two against schools that made the Final Four and finished top-five.
“I’m looking forward to this season because I cannot wait to see Laura Cornelius, Khaila Prather, Rebecca Ripley and Beatrice Mompremier on the court again,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said. “Their energy and excitement to be back out there will be key as we seize the opportunity the ACC presents. Our sophomore class gained tremendous experience last season and we will need all our veterans as we face the nation’s best teams every night in the ACC.”
Miami begins ACC play against Virginia Tech (Jan. 3, 2 p.m.) at the Watsco Center. The Hokies reached the WNIT finals last season.
The Hurricanes then travel to play at Wake Forest (Jan. 6, 1 p.m.) before returning to host Clemson (Jan. 10, 11 a.m.) on elementary school day.
Following a weekend bye, Miami heads to Duke (Jan. 17, 7 p.m.) to face a team that ended last year No. 12 in the nation and is No. 20 in the ESPN’s way-too-early top 25 this year.
Miami’s first RSN game comes at home against North Carolina (Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m.) before traveling to take on Syracuse (Jan. 23, 7 p.m.). The 2016 NCAA-runner up, Syracuse is No. 23 in the aforementioned ESPN poll.
The Hurricanes cap the opening month of 2019 with a home matchup against Boston College (Jan. 27, 1 p.m.) and a road game against a Florida State (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.) team that concluded 2017-18 at No. 14 in the country.
Miami begins February with home outings against Virginia (Feb. 3, 1 p.m.) and Notre Dame (Feb. 7, 7 p.m.), the latter of which won the 2018 national title and tops ESPN’s early list.
Up next for the Hurricanes are visits to Pittsburgh (Feb. 10, 2 p.m.) and Louisville (Feb. 17, 3 p.m.), with the game against the Cardinals televised on ESPN2. Louisville finished fourth nationally last year and is fifth in the ESPN poll.
Miami has its return matchups with Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 7 p.m.) and Florida State (Feb. 24, noon) consecutively, with the former on the road and the latter at home. The game against the Seminoles at the Watsco Center will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The Hurricanes host Georgia Tech (Feb. 28, 7 p.m.) in the home finale on senior day and then wrap up the regular season at NC State (March 3, 2:30 p.m.), with both games set to be shown on RSN. The Wolfpack ended the season ranked No. 16 last year and hold the same spot on the ESPN list.
“We believe that we will be battle-tested after our extremely competitive non-conference schedule and will be ready for the challenges of the ACC,” Meier said. “We have a veteran squad with tremendous ACC and postseason experience. Last season created some buzz and we are excited for the opportunity to build on that and make this year a special one.”
Miami begins the 2018-19 campaign with an exhibition game against Nova Southeastern (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.) at the Watsco Center and starts regular season play eight days later at FIU (Nov. 6, time TBD). To purchase season tickets, which start at $75, click HERE.