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WBB Back Home to Face No. 11 North Carolina

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          Release: 01/26/2013
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Jan. 27, 2013 | 2 p.m. | Coral Gables, Fla. | BankUnited Center
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The University of Miami women's basketball team will return to the BankUnited Center to take on No. 11/16 North Carolina. Tip-off for the ACC showdown is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

The Hurricanes (134-5, 5-3 ACC), fresh off their first ACC road win of the season, a 79-78 gut-wrencher at Wake Forest, will be looking for their 12th consecutive win at home.

Suriya McGuire made sure the Canes won in Winston-Salem, sealing the game with Miami's final four points, including the game-winner with 5.3 seconds to play.

UNC comes to Coral Gables having lost just its second game of the season, to No. 10 Maryland.

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 11 straight.

Twice this season, sophomore guard Suriya McGuire has risen to the occasion and scored a game-winning basket in the final seconds of a game. On Nov. 29, the Minneapolis native broke a 65-all tie with 14 seconds left, securing the Canes 69-65 victory over then No. 6 Penn State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

More recently on Jan. 24, McGuire employed a nifty spin move in the lane to get open for another layup at Wake Forest, giving Miami a 79-78 lead with just 5.3 seconds to play. The athletic McGuire ended that game with a new career high of 17 points.

In Miami's last 10 games, Miami senior guard Stefanie Yderstrom has scored in double figures nine times and is averaging 15.5 points per game, while hitting 30 of her 40 three-pointers in those 10 games.

Since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Yderstrom has made 108 three pointers, more than any other player in the ACC.

In ACC play, Yderstrom leads all players with 22 made three pointers and a 54 percent 3-point FG percentage.

Since the 2010-11 season, Miami is 30-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, second only to Duke (33-3). In that span, the Canes are flawless inside the BankUnited Center, winning 18 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 1,072 days.

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.

With additional wins over Clemson and Virginia, Miami opened ACC play with a 3-0 record for just the second time since joining the league in 2004.

Miami senior Morgan Stroman became the 22nd Hurricane to score 1,000 points in her career, as she scored seven points against FAU.

Senior Stefanie Yderstrom reached the milestone with an 18 point performance against Clemson on Jan. 3, becoming the 23rd player in program history to join the club.

The Jan. 27 game vs. No. 11 North Carolina will be the fifth of nine regular season games to be televised this season.

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.

Morgan Stroman may have had her 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 leads the team with five double-doubles, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks and is second on the team with 12.3 points per game.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

All three members of its incoming recruiting class have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game.
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