Miami had a solid week in women’s basketball, winning a game against Binghamton before winning the Miami Holiday Classic. The Hurricanes finished the week 3-0, including a 74-68 win over a talented Washington State team.
The standout player for Miami this season continues to be Beatrice Mompremier. She earned her second ACC player of the week award after dominating in each of this week’s games. Mompremier averaged a double-double this week and continues to be one of the best players in the ACC and country.
The Hurricanes are still growing as a team, especially offensively, but there were encouraging signs of improvement to be found in their recent play. The ‘Canes topped 70 points in each of their last three games and shot over 40% from the floor in each game. Miami has consistently been playing with solid effort and good defense. If they can find offense to match they’ll become one of the best teams in the country by the end of the season.
Miami does not take the court again until Sunday, December 29 against Wake Forest, their first conference game of the season. With conference play starting the ‘Canes will again have opportunities to face-off against some of the best teams in the nation. Despite a rough start to the year against ranked opponents, everything is still on the table for this Hurricanes squad heading into the New Year.
Wake Forest has had an up-and-down season so far this year. The Demon Deacons sit at 7-4 but come into their game against Miami off of a tournament win at the West Palm Invitational where they knocked off Dayton and Florida.
The Deacons are led by senior guard Gina Conti, who will provide a good test for a Miami team that struggled against good guard play in the early stretches of the season. Another key piece for Wake Forest is forward Ivana Raca who will undoubtedly matchup against Beatrice Mompremier in a battle between each team’s best player.
Wake Forest has won four of their last five games heading into Sunday’s matchup, so Miami will need to be ready to play in their only game of the week. The Hurricanes will hope to start off conference play with a win before the week after features matchups with Georgia Tech and Florida State.