Miami boasts a league-high 25 years of letter winners' experience, including three returning senior starters
Stefanie Yderstrom was selected to the ACC Coaches Preseason All-ACC Team
The Blue Ribbon Panel selected Stefanie Yderstrom to their Preseason All-ACC 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.
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 three-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.
The Hurricanes enter the season with the nation's second-longest home win streak. Only Stanford (79) has more consecutive home wins than Miami's 40 inside the BankUnited Center. Defending national champs Baylor also has 40 consecutive home wins. Kentucky and Ohio State are next in line with at 20 straight wins.
In addition to the always exciting ACC schedule, Miami will welcome two top-ranked programs to the BankUnited Center. On Nov. 18, the Canes will face Tennessee for the second-consecutive season. Then on Nov. 29 Penn State will make a trip to Coral Gables as part of the ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge.
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.
Stefanie Yderstrom has been named to the ACC All-Academic Team each of the last two seasons. The senior is a Sports Administration major, and has earned an overall GPA of 3.28 and a was named to the Dean's List last semester with a 3.66 GPA.
The Hurricanes saw their 6-6 center, Shawnice Wilson in action for the first time last season after she transferred from Pitt. The Pittsburgh native started to come into her own late in the season and against NC State (Feb. 16), she secured her first double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. It was the first-ever win for the Canes at Reynolds Coliseum.
Before Stroman's injury last season, Yderstrom averaged 9.1 points per game and scored in double figures in nine of 19 games. In the final 13 games of the season, the Swede scored in double digits nine times, twice setting her career high with 22 points vs. Virginia Tech and 26 at No. 8 Maryland. Over that span, the 5-8 guard averaged 13.5 points and connected on 28 three-pointers.
In April, Miami's Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams were selected by the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Tulsa Shock with the fifth and 17th picks, respectively in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Johnson and Williams became the third and fourth players in Miami's history to be selected in the WNBA Draft. Williams was named to the 2012 WNBA All-Rookie Team.
Katie Meier, Miami Head Coach
Katie Meier enters her eighth season at Miami, having compiled a 126-95 overall record ... Last season, Meier led
Miami to a 28-5 overall mark and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Oklahoma ...
In 2010, the Hurricanes made an appearance in the WNIT Championship game, the furthest postseason run in
program history ... Prior to leading the Hurricanes, Meier spent the previous four seasons as the head coach of
the Charlotte 49ers ... Meier led Charlotte to its first-ever NCAA berth in 2003 and took the 49ers to the postseason
in each of her last three years ... Under Meier, Charlotte earned an at-large NCAA bid in 2003 and followed that
up with consecutive appearances in the WNIT in 2004 and 2005 ... In her first season at Charlotte, Meier directed
the 49ers to a 16-13 record, giving the program its first winning season in eight years ... Meier followed that up
by guiding Charlotte to a 21-9 record in 2003, and with a 12-2 record in Conference USA, clinched the 49ers'
first-ever regular season CUSA championship ... Charlotte went 17-14 in 2004, and picked up its first postseason
victory with a 78-71 win over Clemson in the first round of the WNIT ... Meier led the 49ers to a 22-9 record in 2005,
marking the most wins for the program since 1991 ... Prior to her stint at Charlotte, Meier was the associate head
coach at Tulane from 1999-2001 and was an assistant for the Green Wave for five seasons before that, helping
Tulane to a 164-52 record during her seven years at the school ... Meier began her collegiate coaching career at
UNC Asheville, where she was an assistant in 1994 ... As a player at Duke from 1986-1990, Meier was the ACC's
Rookie of the Year in 1986, earning Basketball Yearbook Freshman All-America honors that season ... Meier earned
All-ACC first-team distinction and was named to the Kodak/WBCA District 2 All-America team as a senior in 1990
... Meier scored 1,761 points for the Blue Devils, and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team in 2002.