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W. Hoops Opens WNIT at Home Against Stetson

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          Release: 03/18/2014
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@MiamiWBB vs. Stetson
Mar. 20, 2014 | 7 p.m. ET 
Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center

Live Stream: CanesAllAccess | HurricaneSports.com
Radio: WVUM
Series
: Miami leads the all-time series 19-3. The schools haven’t faced each other since 1991.

The Game
Miami (16-14) will play in the opening round of the WNIT against the Stetson Hatters at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center on Thursday.  

Fifth-Straight Postseason
Miami’s trip to the WNIT marks the fifth consecutive year that Katie Meier’s team will play in the postseason. The past three years the Hurricanes have gone to the NCAA tournament and in the 2009-10 season, Miami advanced all the way to the WNIT Finals.

Scouting Stetson
Stetson (26-7, 16-2 A-Sun) was the runner-up in the Atlantic Sun Conference in both the regular season and the conference tournament. The Hatters have five players averaging double-figures in scoring and are led by Sasha Sims’ 14.1 ppg.

History with the Hatters
The Hurricanes have a successful history against the Hatters, holding a 19-3 all-time series lead against the in-state foe. The last time Miami and Stetson faced each other was in 1991, with three meetings between the schools in that year. The Hurricanes have won the last 18 meetings—including a 112 point night on Jan. 12, 1991—the most points Miami has ever scored in a game.

Keyona Lately
Keyona Hayes is averaging 17 ppg over the past three games and scored a career-high 22 points in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh. Over the same three-game span, Hayes is shooting 62 percent from the field.  

Boost Off the Bench
Averaging just 5.5 ppg, Necole Sterling has provided the Canes with a boost off the bench, scoring a career-high 16 against Pitt and is averaging 11 ppg over the last six games.  

Strength of Schedule
Miami’s strength of schedule ranks 38th in the country. The Hurricanes have played the No. 2, No. 9, No. 11, No. 12, No. 16, and No. 22 teams this season. During one ACC stretch, the Hurricanes played six AP Top-20 teams (4 Top-10) in 10 games. 13 of 30 games this season were against RPI Top 50 opponents - three of which Miami won (two of them on the road).

Coverage
Thursday’s game against Stetson will be live streamed on CanesAllAccess on HurricaneSports.com. WVUM will also provide an audio broadcast of the game on WVUM.org.

The Coach
Miami is led by head coach Katie Meier, who is in her ninth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program in Coral Gables. Meier has a record of 163-120 through eight-plus seasons at Miami and a career record of 239-165 as a head coach.  

Looking Ahead
With a win against Stetson on Thursday, Miami will advance WNIT second-round to play either South Florida of North Carolina A&T. 

Schedule
 
Friday, November 28
Women's Basketball vs. Illinois State
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Live Stats Live Video
Saturday, November 29
Women's Basketball vs. Buffalo / Tulsa
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Live Stats Live Video
Thursday, December 04
Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Live Stats
Saturday, December 06
Women's Basketball vs. Jacksonville
Coral Gables, Fla.
4:00 PM
Live Stats
Saturday, December 13
Women's Basketball vs. Coppin State
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Live Stats
Thursday, December 18
Women's Basketball at UCLA
New Orleans, La.
6:00 PM
Friday, December 19
Women's Basketball at Tulane
New Orleans, La.
8:00 PM
Sunday, December 28
Women's Basketball vs. FAMU
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Live Stats
Monday, December 29
Women's Basketball vs. LSU / UNC-Greensboro
Coral Gables, Fla.
TBA
Live Stats
Sunday, January 04
Women's Basketball vs. Boston College
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Live Stats
Thursday, January 08
Women's Basketball vs. Notre Dame
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Live Stats
Sunday, January 11
Women's Basketball at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.
2:00 PM
Thursday, January 15
Women's Basketball vs. Clemson
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Live Stats
Sunday, January 18
Women's Basketball at Duke
Durham, N.C.
1:00 PM
RSN
Wednesday, January 21
Women's Basketball vs. Virginia
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Live Stats
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