#32 Miami (FL) Women's Basketball 2017-2018 Preview

Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Overall Rank: #32
Conference Rank: #7 ACC
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Miami had a very successful 2016-2017 season. However, it ended on a not so high note when they fell victim to Quinnipiac in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Katie Meier will have to replace three starters, but there is a lot of depth returning and plenty of players who should be ready to step up and replace Adrienne Motley, Jessica Thomas and Keyona Hayes.
2016-17 Record: 24-9, 10-6
2016-17 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Katie Meier
Coach Record: 231-152 at Miami, 307-197 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Adrienne Motley, Guard, 13.3 ppg
Jessica Thomas, Guard, 13.0 ppg
Keyona Hayes, Forward, 10.3 ppg
Nigia Greene, Guard, 4.0 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Erykah Davenport, Senior, Center/Forward, 6.8 ppg
Keyanna Harris, Senior, Forward, 4.8 ppg
Laura Cornelius, Junior, Guard, 8.0 ppg
Emese Hof, Junior, Forward/Center, 6.5 ppg
Shaneese Bailey, Senior, Guard/Forward, 3.3 ppg
Sarah Mortensen, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, 2.4 ppg
Serena-Lynn Geldof, Sophomore, Center, 1.4 ppg
Khaila Prather, Senior, Forward, 1.2 ppg
Neydja Petethomme, Senior, Guard, 0.3 ppg
Key New Players
Endia Banks, Freshman, Guard
Mykea Gray, Freshman, Guard
Kelset Marshall, Freshman, Guard
Taylor Mason, Freshman, Guard
Beatrice Mompremier, Junior, Forward, Transfer, Baylor, not eligible
Rebecca Ripley, Freshman, Guard/Forward
While the backcourt retools, the Hurricanes will rely on their experienced frontcourt trio of Erykah Davenport, Keyanna Harris and Emese Hof. Davenport was the most productive of the trio, averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Hof, at 6-3, is a major presence in the paint on both ends of the floor and led the team in blocked shots with 31. Junior Laura Cornelius will be the new leader of the backcourt. She started just six games as a sophomore, but averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 assists while connecting on 37.3 percent of her 118 three-point attempts. If Miami is going to get back to the NCAA Tournament, the highly regarded group of incoming freshmen will have to make a big impact on the perimeter.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 72.1 (51st in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 63.2 (138, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.2 (35, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 39.8 (170, 9)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.1 (144, 6)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.7 (85, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.5 (232, 14)
Rebound Margin: 3.0 (94, 7)
Assists Per Game: 14.1 (122, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 15.9 (190, 10)
Madness 2017 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#51 Mykea Gray
#54 Kelsey Marshall
#62 Taylor Mason
#84 Endia Banks
#142 Rebecca Ripley