Feb. 2, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team travels to Charlottesville to take on the University of Virginia on Sunday, February 4 at 2 p.m.
Miami (10-13, 1-7 ACC) at Virginia (12-9, 2-5 ACC)
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007 / John Paul Jones Arena / Charlottesville, Va. / 2 p.m.
The Hurricanes look to score its first ACC road win of the season and to avenge a 2005-06 postseason WNIT loss to the Cavaliers.
The Hurricanes return to the hardwood following Thursday’s hard-fought 75-68 loss to Florida State. Miami held the 32-30 advantage at the break and used a four-point play by sophomore LaToya Cunningham to get within three points with 23 seconds to go, but the Seminoles sealed the win from the line as time ran out.
Senior Renee Taylor continues to lead the Hurricanes with an ACC-best 19.5 points per game, including back-to-back 20-plus scoring efforts. Junior Maurita Reid adds 14.7 points (9th in the ACC) and 3.2 steals per game (2nd in the ACC), and has finished with 25-plus points in two of the last three games.
Also coming on strong as ACC play continues is true freshman Charmaine Clark, who is averaging 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last four games.
A Look at Virginia
The Cavaliers have also had a tough time of it in ACC play this year and ride a four-game losing streak into their Friday meeting with No. 1/1 Duke. Virginia has three players averaging double-figure points, led by sophomore Lyndra Littles with 16.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game to rank among the ACC’s top five in both categories. Freshman Monica Wright adds 14.0 points and 5.6 boards an outing, while junior Sharnee Zoll chips in 10.3 points and a team-high 5.6 assists per game (2nd in the ACC).
Virginia is one of just two ACC teams that Miami owns a height advantage over — by a quarter of an inch. Both Miami and Virginia have defeated the league’s most “vertically-challenged” team in Boston College. On average, the ACC boasts the tallest players in the nation, even as its smallest player — Miami’s 5-2 Renee Taylor — leads the league in scoring.
Sunday’s game marks the fifth meeting between Miami and Virginia, as the Hurricanes make their debut in John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers hold the 3-1 all-time series lead and have won two straight over the Hurricanes, including an 83-72 WNIT Second Round defeat in Charlottesville on March 22, 2006, to close Miami’s season. Renee Taylor had 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the loss.
Watch Live on ACC Select
Sunday’s game will be broadcast exclusively via streaming video on ACC Select at www.accselect.com. Hurricanes fans can purchase a Single Event Pass ($3.99 per event) or an All Event Pass ($5.99 per month) which allows unlimited access to games.