In her 14th season with the team, head coach Katie Meier has the Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team on pace for the one of their best seasons since taking over in 2005.
With a 17-4 record and only one loss through their first six ACC games, the Hurricanes are playing well and definitely in position to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for what would be the fifth-straight season and eighth of the last nine years. And after a huge week, they might finally receive the recognition they deserve.
Since January 17, the Canes have traveled and beaten the Duke Blue Devils, came back to the Watsco Center and beat the North Carolina Tar Heels, and then traveled to Syracuse and beat the 13th ranked Orange. That culminated a great week, and it’s one that should be noted for years to come.
Miami’s best season under Meier came during the 2010-11 season when they went 28-5 and were tied atop the ACC with a 12-2 conference record, their best conference finish since joining the league. They eventually lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament, something they have done three more times since then.
The team is finding success in multiple ways, but the player leading the charge so far has been redshirt junior Beatrice Mompremier, who ranks 11th in the country grabbing 11.8 rebounds per game. She is averaging a double-double with a team-high 16.1 points per game. She has logged double-digit rebounds in 15 of 20 games she’s played this season, with only one game in which she’s recorded fewer than eight rebounds. Her best game came against then-No. 19 Marquette when she had career highs with 24 points and 21 rebounds.
Senior center Emese Hof has also been extremely strong inside, averaging 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. She also leads the team in blocks with 44 on the season, 2.1 per game. She is also leading the team in field-goal percentage shooting 60.7 percent from the field. In their win against Syracuse, she led the way with a game-high 21 points.
Redshirt junior guard Laura Cornelius has been the main playmaker on the team as the leader in assists with 4.2 helpers per game. She’s also averaging 10.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while leading the team converting 87.3 percent of her free throws. Her most important game of the season came against Syracuse when she had 13 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and two blocks.
2017 ACC All-Freshman Mykea Gray has also been extremely important with her 12.5 points per game in her sophomore season. She has been even better of late, averaging 16.2 points over the team’s last 11 games.
Of their 10 remaining games, five are at home in the Watsco Center. They play No. 22 Florida State twice, top-ranked Notre Dame at home on Feb. 7th, and No. 8 NC State to close the regular season on March 3rd. The Canes are currently 3-0 against ranked teams.
Miami’s next game will play host to Boston College on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m down in Coral Gables. The Eagles have lost their last two games, but they’re led by Emma Guy who is averaging 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds.