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No. 23 WBB Opens Season at Home vs. UNF

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          Release: 11/08/2012
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North Florida at 24/23 Miami 
Nov. 9, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
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Series: Miami leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 
Dec. 31, 2009 - Miami won, 80-36, in Coral Gables

24/23 Miami 0-0 (0-0 ACC)
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The Miami Hurricanes open their highly anticipated 2012-13 campaign Friday night, facing off against the visiting North Florida Ospreys in the season opener for both teams. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.

Miami unofficially began its campaign with an 85-63 win over Nova Southeastern University in an exhibition game Nov. 5. Playing without former four-time All-ACC guard Shenise Johnson in the starting line-up for the first time in the past 131 games, head coach Katie Meier used a balance of veteran talent and upstart youth in the victory. The Hurricanes will need both if they hope to compete for a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in March.

Veterans Stefanie Yderstrom (19 points), Shawnice Wilson (10 points) and Morgan Stroman (10 points) will form the focal point of the team's leadership, while younger talents like Suriya McGuire (14 points, six rebounds), junior Krystal Saunders (seven points) and freshman Keyona Hayes (six points, nine rebounds) are all expected to contribute serious minutes.

The game will be carried live by 90.5 WVUM Studetn Radio with Ben Fritz and AJ Ricketts on the call.

Head coach Katie Meier is in her 12th season as a head coach and eighth at Miami. She has a 202-140 overall record and is 126-95 at UM.

Season tickets are on sale at CanesTix.com or by calling 305-284-2263.

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The Hurricanes are 31-9 in season-opening games and are a combined 23-3 when they open the season at home, including a perfect 7-0 record when opening the season at the BankUnited Center.

In 2012-13, head coach Katie Meier and her staff will begin their eighth year at the helm in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA tournament second round for the second consecutive season, finishing second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-2 record. Overall, Miami finished with a 26-6 record, the third straight 20-win season for Meier.

Miami returns two All-ACC players for the 2012-13 campaign. Sharp-shooting point guard Stefanie Yderstrom earned third-team conference honors last season, leading the ACC with 68 3-pointers. Morgan Stroman was well on her way to earning conference honors for the second consecutive season. However, midway through the season, the 2009 McDonald's

All-American tore her Achilles tendon, ending her junior campaign. As a sophomore, the forward earned third-team honors.

Stefanie Yderstrom has been named to the ACC All-Academic Team each of the last two seasons. The senior is a sports administration major, has earned an overall 3.28 GPA and was named to the dean's list last semester with a 3.66 GPA.

The Hurricanes enter the season with the nation's second-longest home win streak. Only Stanford (79) has more consecutive home wins than Miami's 40 inside the BankUnited Center. Defending national champs Baylor also has 40 consecutive home wins. Kentucky and Ohio State are next in line with at 20 straight wins.

In addition to the always exciting ACC schedule, Miami will welcome two top-ranked programs to the BankUnited Center. On Nov. 18, the Canes will face Tennessee for the second consecutive season. Then on Nov. 29 Penn State will make a trip to Coral Gables as part of the ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge.

The Canes welcome freshmen Caprice Dennis (G, 5-9) from Detroit, Keyona Hayes (F, 6-1) from Marietta, Ga., and Macy Keen (C, 6-6) from nearby Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to the 2012-13 squad.

The Hurricanes saw their 6-6 center, Shawnice Wilson in action for the first time last season after she transferred from Pitt. The Pittsburgh native started to come into her own late in the season and against NC State (Feb. 16), she secured her fi rst double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. It was the fi rst win for the Canes at Reynolds Coliseum.

The Jan. 6 meeting with Virginia will be the first of nine regular season games that will be televised this season.

Before Stroman's injury last season, Yderstrom averaged 9.1 points per game and scored in double figures in nine of 19 games. In the final 13 games of the season, the Swede scored in double digits nine times, twice setting her career high with 22 points vs. Virginia Tech, then 26 at No. 8 Maryland. The guard averaged 13.5 points and connected on 28 3-pointers.

In April, Miami's Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams were selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Tulsa Shock with the fi fth and 17th picks, respectively, in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Johnson and  Williams became the third and fourth players in Miami's history to be selected in the WNBA Draft. Williams was named to the 2012 WNBA All-Rookie Team.

For the second consecutive season, the Hurricanes enter their year with a spot in each the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. Miami is ranked No. 23 in the coaches and No. 24 in the AP accroding to the voters.

MIAMI STUDENT-ATHLETES SET GSR SCHOOL RECORD                                   
The University of Miami recorded a department-wide school-record Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 93 percent, according to the rates released Oct. 25 by the NCAA.

As a department, Miami's 93 percent GSR ranks fourth among ACC schools and is eighth overall among FBS schools. Overall, the University of Miami athletic department has improved from 77 to 93 percent from 2005 to 2012, a year after UM student-athletes posted a then-record 89 percent GSR in 2011. UM has exceeded the NCAA average GSR in each of the last eight years.

Six UM teams compiled GSR marks of 100 percent; men's diving and golf posted its eighth consecutive perfect GSR mark, while women's tennis recorded its fifth straight GSR score of 100 percent. Also adding perfect GSR scorers were women's rowing, women's golf, women's swimming and volleyball.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2002-2003 through 2005-06.
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