Countdown to #ACCTipoff: Miami Hurricanes
Sunday November 3, 2013
- • In 2013-14, head coach Katie Meier and her staff will begin their ninth season at the helm of the program in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season in 2012-13, finishing with an overall record of 21-11 and an ACC record of 11-7.
- • Senior captain Krystal Saunders looks to expand on her role on the court this season. Saunders has been a part of three NCAA Tournament teams and has won 75 games in her career.
- • The Hurricanes will begin their quest for a fifth consecutive 20 win season. The only other time that has happened over a five-year span was from 1988-89 through 1992-93.
- • Miami is 5th in the nation in Division I women’s basketball with a .945 home winning percentage over last three years. The only teams with a higher percentage are Baylor, Duke, Green Bay, and Stanford.
- • The Hurricanes newcomers in include three freshmen: Nigia Greene (G, 5-10) from Atlanta, Ga., Jessica Thomas (G, 5-6) from Gainesville, Fla., and Adrienne Motley (G, 5-9) from Newport News, Va., and a junior college transfer: Necole Sterling (F, 5-10) from Gulf Coast Community College.
- • In the offseason, head coach Katie Meier led the USA U19 World Championship team to a gold medal in Lithuania in July.
- • After the 2012-13 season, two Hurricanes signed professional basketball contracts. Shawnice “Pepper” Wilson signed with a Spanish-LF2 Team and Morgan Stroman signed a deal in Finland. The total number of Miami players in the Katie Meier era that have gone on to play professional basketball is now up to 11.
- • Former Hurricane All-American Riquna Williams set a new WNBA single-game scoring record with 51 points scored on September 7 against the San Antonio Silver Stars.
- • Redshirt junior forward Jassany Williams will finally get to be on the court for the Hurricanes after transferring from Auburn after the 2011-12 season. Williams practiced with the team last fall before sustaining an injury that kept her out of practice for the remainder of the year. Williams is a south Florida native and thrilled to be back playing at home.