W. Hoops Opens WNIT at Home Against Stetson
@MiamiWBB vs. Stetson
Mar. 20, 2014 | 7 p.m. ET
Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
Live Stream: CanesAllAccess | HurricaneSports.com
Series: Miami leads the all-time series 19-3. The schools haven’t faced each other since 1991.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
With a win against Stetson on Thursday, Miami will advance WNIT second-round to play either South Florida of North Carolina A&T.