Miami WBB Ranked No. 25 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Miami WBB Ranked No. 25 in Preseason Coaches Poll

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team earned a No. 25 ranking in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll, as announced Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first preseason ranking for the Hurricanes since 2019-20, when they checked in at No. 18 and No. 19 in the preseason Associated Press Poll and Coaches Poll, respectively.

Miami finished the 2022-23 season ranked No. 18 in the Coaches Poll after advancing to the first Elite Eight in program history. The Hurricanes eclipsed the 20-win mark for the 11th time under head coach Katie Meier, concluding the year with a 22-13 overall record.

The Hurricanes return two starters from a season ago in juniors Jasmyne Roberts and Ja’Leah Williams. Roberts is Miami’s leading returning scorer, averaging 9.3 points per contest in 2022-23, while Williams paced the Hurricanes in assists last season at 2.7 per game.

Meier bolstered the 2023-24 roster with four transfers – Shayeann Day-Wilson, Lemyah Hylton, Jaida Patrick and Ally Stedman – and a freshman – Aurora Almón-Sanchez.

Miami is one of seven ACC teams in the top 25 of the Coaches Poll, alongside fifth-ranked Virginia Tech, No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 15 Louisville, No. 17 North Carolina, No. 19 Duke and No. 22 Florida State.

The Hurricanes will open the 2023-24 campaign against Jacksonville on Elementary School Day on Nov. 9. Tipoff at the Watsco Center is set for 11 a.m. and the game will air on ACC Network Extra.