WBB Faces Florida A&M in Miami Holiday Classic Opener
Dec. 28, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team is set to host its second four-team event of the season this weekend.
In the first of four Miami Holiday Classic games over three days at the Watsco Center, No. 24/23 Miami (11-2) meets Florida A&M Friday at 7 p.m.
Miami sports a 12-9 all-time mark against Florida A&M, winning each of the past four meetings, but the sides have met just twice since the turn of the century. Most recently, the Hurricanes notched an 83-47 home victory on Dec. 29, 2014, in that year’s Miami Holiday Tournament.
Katie Meier’s team is coming off an impressive 2-0 showing at the Florida Sunshine Classic in Winter Park, Fla., that featured a pair of victories over SEC foes, each by 25-plus points. In their last outing, the Hurricanes defeated Alabama, 101-74, scoring their most points in seven-plus years.
Sophomore guard Mykea Gray tallied 21 points and redshirt junior guard Laura Cornelius recorded 20 to lead a quintet of double-digit scorers. Redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier logged her fourth straight double-double with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall had 13 points and senior forward/center Emese Hof added 12. Miami went 16-of-22 from 3-point range, including Cornelius posting a dazzling 6-of-7 mark.
Florida A&M is 2-8 thus far in its 2018-19 campaign and is paced in scoring by freshman Mya Moye, who is averaging 11.4 points per game. After posting an 8-24 (4-12 MEAC) record last year, the Rattlers were tabbed eighth the MEAC preseason poll.
The Miami Holiday Classic continues Saturday at noon when Central Michigan meets Tulane. Action wraps up Sunday with a pair of matchups, as the Rattlers square off with the Green Wave at 2 p.m. and the Hurricanes take on the Chippewas at 4 p.m.