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Canes Return to ACC Play Thursday vs. Tigers

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          Release: 01/02/2013
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Jan. 3, 2012 | 7:05 p.m. | Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
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THE GAME 
After successfully capturing the UM Holiday Tournament championship with wins over Central Connecticut State and Wisconsin, the Miami Hurricanes (10-2, 1-0 ACC) resume their conference slate Thursday night at the BankUnited Center when they take on the visiting Clemson Tigers (4-8, 0-1 ACC).

After a slow start to the season, senior guard Stefanie Yderstrom has carried the Hurricanes as of late. Since dropping a Dec. 16 matchup at Rutgers, the Swedish sharpshooter has poured in 57 points over the team's current three-game winning streak, averaging 19.0 points during the stretch. The 2011-12 third-team All-ACC selection ranks sixth in the conference in three-pointers (21) and No. 12 in three-point field goal percentage (.356).

The Tigers had their own three-game winning streak snapped by No. 16 North Carolina in the conference-opener for both teams last time out on Dec. 30. Clemson is paced by sophomore Nikki Dixon (13.9 points) and junior Quinyotta Pettaway (8.8 points, 9.0 rebounds).

CANES TOUGH TO BEAT IN ACC PLAY
Since the 2010-11 season, Miami is 27-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, second only to Duke (28-3). In that span, the Canes are flawless inside the BankUnited Center, winning 16 straight ACC games.

The Hurricanes have not been defeated at home inside conference play since a four-point loss to Georgia Tech on Feb. 21, 2010, a span of 1,046 days.

IMPRESSIVE START TO CONFERENCE PLAY
For the first time, Miami's ACC schedule will consist of 18 games. Due to the additional games, Miami was forced to play a conference game in December for the first time since 2003 when still a member of the Big East. The Canes seemed to welcome the early challenge as they walloped NC State 79-53. It was the fifth straight win over the Wolfpack for the Canes.

BIG-TIME TEAM ON THE SMALL SCREEN
The Jan. 6 meeting with Virginia will be the first of nine regular season games that will be televised this season.

PEPPER TOO HOT FOR NC STATE TO HANDLE
Miami's 6-6 center Shawnice "Pepper" Wilson has faced NC State three times since transferring to UM after her sophomore season. In those three contests, she has averaged 11.3 points and 14 rebounds and even had a career-best night as a junior, scoring 17 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in leading her team to victory.

GREAT GAME, GREAT SEASON
Morgan Stroman may have had her the best game of her career on Dec. 8 against Davidson. The senior recorded the 19th double-double of her career with 17 points and 13 rebounds. However, she filled the stat sheet, leading the Canes with a career-high six assists, four blocks and four steals.

On the season, Stroman is second on the team with 11.7 points and leads the Canes with 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.

CANES HAND PENN STATE FIRST LOSS   
Sixth-ranked Penn State came to the BankUnited Center on Nov. 29 with a perfect 5-0 record. However, the Hurricanes forced the Lady Lions into 20 first-half turnovers and held on for a 69-65 victory.

Morgan Stroman led the Canes with 15 points and five steals, while Stefanie Yderstrom and Michelle Woods added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

At No. 6, Penn State was a the second-best ranked team Miami has ever defeated (No. 5 Maryland - 2012).

UM HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT HONORS
Behind back-to-back 18-point performances from Stefanie Yderstrom, the Canes claimed wins over Central Connecticut State and Wisconsin. For her efforts, Yderstrom was named the tournament's MVP.

In the two games, Shawnice Wilson totaled 16 points and 19 rebounds while freshman Keyona Hayes picked up her third double-double (11 points, 15 rebounds) of the season against the Blue Devils. Each earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
After their rout of UNF, the Hurricanes are 32-9 in season-opening games and are a combined 24-3 when they open the season at home, including a perfect 8-0 record when opening the season at the BankUnited Center.

NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP FOR WOODS
In her first game of the 2012-13 season, sophomore Michelle Woods hit five three-pointers on her way to a career-best 19 points. In the very next game, the guard from Naples, Fla., scored a new career-best of 20 points in a 69-63 win at Richmond.

Woods came on strong in the second half of Miami's loss to Tennessee, helping the Canes erase a 27-point deficit, scoring a team-high 17 points. After 12 games, the guard is averaging 9.3 points per game, good for third on the team.

MEIER ENTERS EIGHTH SEASON AT MIAMI
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.

A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION      
Junior Maria Brown made her first career start in the UM Thanksgiving Tournament final against Radford. The forward responded with eight points and nine rebounds.

On the season, Brown is averaging 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 46 percent from the floor.

HITTING THE BOOKS
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 a was named to the dean's list last semester with a 3.66 GPA.

WELCOME BACK
In her first game on the court since an Achilles' tendon tear midway through the 2011-12 season, senior forward Morgan Stroman scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and led her team with eight rebounds.

UM THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT HONORS
Seniors Stefanie Yderstrom and Morgan Stroman were recognized for their outstanding play in leading the Hurricanes to a UM Thanksgiving Tournament title with wins over FAU and Radford.

Yderstrom led all scorers with 19 points against FAU and Stroman finished each contest with 11 rebounds. Against Radford, Stroman also poured in 22 points, just one shy of her career-best. It was her first double-double of the season. For her efforts, Stroman was named the tournament's MVP, while Yderstrom earned all-tourney honors.

1,000 POINT CLUB                           
Miami senior Morgan Stroman became the 22nd Hurricane to score 1,000 points in her career, as she scored seven points against FAU in the first game of the UM Thanksgiving Tournament. Riquna Williams and Shenise Johnson were the last two Canes to surpass the milestone.

Senior Stefanie Yderstrom is just 18 points shy of becoming the 23rd player in program history to join the club.

RETURNING ALL-ACC PERFORMERS
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.

STARTING A NEW STREAK
Prior to its Nov. 18 loss vs. No. 20 Tennessee, the Hurricanes held the nation's second-longest home win streak at 41 games. Miami had gone 1,001 days without dropping a game inside the BankUnited Center. Since the  loss, Miami has won eight straight home games.

UM STUDENT-ATHLETES SET GSR 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.

UM BRINGS IN 11TH-RANKED CLASS           
Head coach Katie Meier officially announced the program's signees on Nov. 15. The group, comprised of three high school standouts, is Adrienne Motley (Newport News, Va.), Nigia Greene (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jessica Thomas (Gainesville, Fla.). The trio will join the Hurricanes for the 2013-14 academic year.

Motley, a 5-9 guard from Woodside High School, has been ranked the No. 27 overall prospect and the seventh best point guard in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz.

Greene is a four-star prospect according to ESPN HoopGurlz. She is ranked No. 41 overall, and the ninth-best guard in the nation.

Thomas is ranked the 48th best point guard in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz. In 2011, the 5-6 guard led the Buchholz High School Bobcats to the semifinals of the Florida Girls State Basketball Playoffs. She is the younger sister of Hurricane legend Lamar Thomas.

THE NEWCOMERS
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.

In their debuts, Dennis finished the night with five points, three assists and two steals. Hayes had four points and Keen added three rebounds and a free throw.

CANES ENTER SEASON IN THE POLLS
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 was ranked No. 23 in the coaches and No. 24 in the AP according to the voters. UM is currently receiving votes in both polls.

Schedule
 
Thursday, November 06
Women's Basketball vs. Nova Southeastern (Exhibition)
Coral Gables, Fla.
4:00 PM
Friday, November 14
Women's Basketball vs. Oakland
Coral Gables, Fla.
11:00 AM
Monday, November 17
Women's Basketball at Middle Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
TBA
Friday, November 21
Women's Basketball vs. North Florida
Coral Gables, Fla.
8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 25
Women's Basketball vs. Arizona State
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Friday, November 28
Women's Basketball vs. Illinois State
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
Saturday, November 29
Women's Basketball vs. Buffalo / Tulsa
Coral Gables, Fla.
TBA
Thursday, December 04
Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Coral Gables, Fla.
7:00 PM
Saturday, December 06
Women's Basketball vs. Jacksonville
Coral Gables, Fla.
4:00 PM
Saturday, December 13
Women's Basketball vs. Coppin State
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
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
Monday, December 29
Women's Basketball vs. LSU / UNC-Greensboro
Coral Gables, Fla.
TBA
Sunday, January 04
Women's Basketball vs. Boston College
Coral Gables, Fla.
1:00 PM
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