WBB Opens ACC Action with No. 25 Virginia Tech
Jan. 3, 2019 | 2 p.m.
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami will begin the 2019 calendar year with its first ACC contest of the season.
Miami (12-3) is set to take on RV/No. 25 Virginia Tech (13-0) Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Watsco Center.
As is the case at all home games, team posters and schedule cards will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance.
Miami is 20-6 all-time against Virginia Tech, good for its fifth-most wins against any foe. The Hurricanes have won 14 straight meetings with the Hokies, their third-longest winning streak versus any team. The 14 victories, six of which are at home, have come by an average 13.6 points per game.
Most recently, Miami registered a 76-46 home triumph on Feb. 25, 2018. The prior season, then-No. 15/16 Virginia Tech also came to Coral Gables undefeated, sporting a 15-0 mark, and the Hurricanes handed the Hokies their first loss, an 82-75 decision on Jan. 11, 2017.
In its last outing, Sunday evening at the Watsco Center, Miami suffered a 90-80 setback against Central Michigan, which reached the Sweet 16 last year. The Chippewas shot 16-of-30 from 3-point range, while redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier tallied a double-double for the Hurricanes with 22 points and a game-best 11 rebounds.
Mykea Gray posted 17 points, fellow sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall logged 12 and senior forward/center Emese Hof added 10 to go along with a career- and game-high six assists.
Virginia Tech is one of seven remaining undefeated teams at the Division I level, three of which are in the ACC. Senior guard Taylor Emery is the Hokies’ leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, while redshirt senior forward Regan Magarity is averaging a double-double at 14.0 points and an ACC-leading 14.1 rebounds per game.
The Hokies, who entered the USA TODAY Coaches Poll this week and are just one spot outside the Associated Press’ top 25, were picked No. 10/11 in the ACC preseason poll. Last year, Virginia Tech finished 23-14 (6-10 ACC) and reached the WNIT championship game.
Following its outings against Virginia Tech, Miami travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., where it meets Wake Forest Sunday at 1 p.m. in its ACC road opener.