University of Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier said she keeps “getting surprised” by her team this season; and she hopes the Hurricanes have a few more surprises in store for March.
The Canes are the No. 6 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 20-9 record (10-6 ACC), and they play their ACC tournament opener Thursday at 8 p.m. against 11th seed Wake Forest. The tournament is being held at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.
If UM wins Thursday, it would face No. 3 seed Florida State (24-5, 12-4 ACC) in Friday’s quarterfinal. Louisville is the top seed with a 29-2 overall record and 15-1 conference record. Notre Dame is the second seed at 27-2, 15-1 ACC.
It is the eighth year in a row that UM gets a first-round bye in the tournament. Miami is led by senior Erykah Davenport, who was named second-team All-ACC, and freshmen Mykea Gray and Kelsey Marshall, who were voted to the All-ACC freshman team.
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“It’s been fun all year, and I keep getting surprised,” Meier said of her team, which has dealt with a rash of injuries. “Usually, a coach being surprised is not a good thing, but it has been a wonderful unveiling of some ability and people accepting more than they had to before. It’s honest, raw communication. They’re hungry and still humble.”