|Sunday, Jan. 8, 2016 • 3 p.m. ET|
|Coral Gables, Fla. • Watsco Center (7,972)|
|Game Notes: Miami • Notre Dame|
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|Weather: Windy, 71°F • Visiting Coral Gables|
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|Record||14-2 (2-1 ACC)||13-2 (2-1 ACC)|
|Motley||2.1||Harris / Thomas||1.5|
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – After notching a pair of road victories to open 2017, including one over a top-25 opponent, the University of Miami women’s basketball team will play its first home game of the new year Sunday afternoon against No. 7/6 Notre Dame.
No. 14/14 Miami (13-2, 2-1 ACC) and Notre Dame will square off at 3 p.m., at the Watsco Center, two years to the day of the Hurricanes’ 78-63 win over the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish in Coral Gables. That defeat stands as one of just two Notre Dame has suffered since joining the ACC in 2013-14.
The Hurricanes, who are 7-1 at home this season, have a 4-17 all-time mark against the Fighting Irish, including a 2-6 record over the past eight meetings. Most recently, No. 2/3 Notre Dame posted a 78-67 victory against Miami in the ACC Tournament semifinals last season on March 5, 2016.
Miami is coming off its second top-25 road triumph of the season, a 67-64 win at RV/No. 23 NC State Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C. Redshirt senior forward Keyona Hayes recorded her third double-double of the season, leading all players in points (18) and rebounds (10). Senior guard Adrienne Motley added 16 points for the Hurricanes, who fell behind by 14 points in the first period and then scored 31 of the next 40 points and never trailed again.
Notre Dame, picked to win the ACC and ranked first in the AP Poll to open the season, heads into Sunday’s matchup with a 14-2 (2-1 ACC) record. The Fighting Irish are led by sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale’s 15.1 points per game, while junior forward Brianna Turner, an Associated Press Preseason First Team All-American, averages 14.9 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds.
Last season, Notre Dame went 33-2 (16-0) and won both the ACC regular season and ACC Tournament titles for the third year in a row. Then-senior guard Michaela Mabrey, now Miami’s coordinator of program & player development and the sister of Notre Dame sophomore guard Marina Mabrey, helped the Fighting Irish earn their seventh consecutive Sweet 16 berth in 2015-16.
The matchup between Miami and Notre Dame will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli on the call, and is available on WatchESPN HERE. The action will also be carried live on WVUM 90.5 FM HERE, while live stats for the game can be found HERE.
Activities for fans with tickets to the Princess Tea Party will begin at 1:30 p.m., in the Fieldhouse. Walk-up registration is available at the ticket office and additional information is available HERE. There will also be a pregame chalk talk at 1:30 p.m., in the Hurricane 100 Room for season ticket holders.
Miami will have a special guest captain from the Austen Everett Foundation join the team Sunday. Additionally, team posters and schedule cards will be available at the marketing table by the main entrance.
Following its matchup with the Fighting Irish, Miami will host No. 18/18 Virginia Tech, the ACC’s lone undefeated team, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.