WBB to Host Fourth-Ranked Notre Dame
Feb. 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Watsco Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team will play its first top-five foe of the season Thursday night at the Watsco Center.
No. 25 Miami (19-5, 7-2) is set to square off with fourth-ranked Notre Dame, the reigning national champion, at 7 p.m. The Fighting Irish are Miami’s fifth top-25 opponent this year, including the third in a span of five games.
As is the case at all home games, team posters and schedule cards will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free Miami shirt.
In conjunction with the team wearing Celebration of Black Culture (CBC) uniforms from adidas, Miami will have a CBC event pregame in the multipurpose room. Additionally, among other CBC features Thursday, a local choir will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in advance of the national anthem before tip-off.
Miami is 4-19 in its all-time series against Notre Dame, including 1-6 since the Fighting Irish entered the ACC in 2013-14. The lone victory in that stretch—the first of just four the Fighting Irish have suffered in ACC play—came on Jan. 8, 2015, a 78-63 triumph at the Watsco Center.
Last season, in the most recent meeting between the two sides, Miami dropped a tight 83-76 road matchup to Notre Dame after the score was tied through three quarters.
This is the eighth time in program history Miami will face the defending NCAA champion, with the Hurricanes falling in each of the prior seven meetings, five of which were at home. The most recent such contest came on Jan. 10, 2007 against Maryland at the Watsco Center.
Miami is coming off a 72-59 home win over Virginia Sunday afternoon, in the opener of its first two-game ACC home stretch of the season. Redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier amassed a career-high-tying 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting to go along with nine rebounds.
Senior forward/center Emese Hof tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and a game-best 13 rebounds, while sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall tied a season high with 17 points and shot 5-of-5 from 3-point range.
Notre Dame enters Thursday night’s matchup at 21-2 (8-1 ACC) on the season. The Fighting Irish, who have the best RPI and Strength of Schedule in the nation, were atop both major national polls as recently as two weeks ago.
Senior guard Arike Ogunbowale, the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, leads Notre Dame with a conference-best 21.0 points per game. Following a 35-3 (15-1 ACC) campaign that included the aforementioned national title, Notre Dame was picked first in the ACC preseason voting.
After taking on the Fighting Irish, the Hurricanes travel to Pittsburgh for a Sunday game against Pittsburgh at 2 p.m.