WBB Begins Regular Season at FIU
Nov. 6, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Ocean Bank Convocation Center | Miami, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team is set to start its 2018-19 campaign Tuesday night at its crosstown foe, FIU.
No. 25/24 Miami, ranked in both major polls to open the season for the second time in three years, will take on the Panthers at 7 p.m. at Ocean Bank Convocation Center.
This will be the 59th time the Hurricanes square off with Panthers, putting FIU in sole position as Miami’s most common opponent. The Hurricanes hold a 36-22 lead in the series, giving Miami more wins against FIU than any other team.
Miami has won each of the past four contests against FIU, including a 77-69 home victory in last year’s season opener on Nov. 10, 2017.
The Hurricanes, picked fifth in the ACC by the league’s coaches and sixth by the Blue Ribbon Panel, are coming off a 91-67 home triumph over Nova Southeastern in their exhibition game Oct. 29.
Senior forward/center Emese Hof turned in a dominant performance with 30 points on 14-of-15 shooting, while redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier logged 19 points and 10 rebounds to notch a double-double. Redshirt junior guard Laura Cornelius posted 13 points and sophomore guard Mykea Gray added 10 in a game Miami never trailed.
FIU finished 8-21 (5-11 C-USA) last season and lost its top four scorers. The Panthers’ top returning scorer is sophomore forward Shante Walker, who averaged 5.8 points per game in 2017-18. FIU was picked No. 14 in the preseason Conference USA poll.
Following its matchup at FIU, Miami returns home to the Watsco Center to take on Stephen F. Austin in its Preseason WNIT opener, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.