WBB Heads North to No. 13/14 Syracuse
Jan. 23, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Carrier Dome | Syracuse, N.Y.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team will play its highest-ranked opponent of the season thus far Wednesday night.
RV/No. 23 Miami (16-4, 4-1 ACC) is set to square off with No. 13/14 Syracuse at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
Miami owns a 19-9 record in its all-time series with Syracuse, including a 2-3 ledger since the Orange joined the ACC in 2013-14. The last time the teams squared off, the Hurricanes notched a 72-60 home triumph on Jan. 18, 2018.
In their most recent outing, Sunday afternoon, the Hurricanes logged a 76-68 home victory over North Carolina. Redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier logged 18 points and 10 rebounds, en route to ACC Player of the Week honors.
Sophomore guard Mykea Gray posted 17 points and a career-high-tying six assists, while senior forward/center Emese Hof tallied 11 points and redshirt junior guard Laura Cornelius added nine points and a career-best 10 rebounds. The Hurricanes led by as many as 22 points and were ahead by at least a dozen for over 30 consecutive minutes.
Syracuse enters Wednesday night’s matchup at 15-3 (4-1 ACC) on the season, including a perfect 6-0 at home. Junior guard Tiana Mangakahia leads the team with 16.3 points and 7.9 assists per game, the latter mark placing her atop the ACC leaderboard and third nationally.
Following a 22-9 (10-6 ACC) campaign last season that included a sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, the Orange were picked third in the ACC preseason poll. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman coached Hof and Cornelius with Dutch youth national teams at FIBA tournaments in both 2012 and 2013.
After taking on the Orange, Miami returns home to the Watsco Center, where it welcomes Boston College Sunday at 1 p.m.