The University of Miami women’s basketball team did not crack the AP Top 25 despite a 13-3 record and a 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference start that includes double-digit wins over then-No.4 Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
The Hurricanes got 41 votes and were three spots out, at No.28, behind Western Kentucky (78 votes) and Chattanooga (49).
But UM’s conference wins did not go unnoticed. Sophomore point guard Adrienne “Money Mot” Motley was named National Player of the Week by ESPN-W and ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 32 points against the Irish and 22 against the Hokies.
Motley was 13 of 19 against Notre Dame and had eight rebounds against Virginia Tech.
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“I think her effort [Sunday], the fact that she dropped 22 when they were giving her a ton of attention, just shows you what a great player she is,” UM coach Katie Meier said. “She is playing like an All-American right now.”
Motley, 5-9, has scored in double figures in 15 of Miami’s 16 games, including the past 14. She has scored at least 20 points seven times. She leads the team with 17.3 points per game and is averaging 24 points over three ACC games.
Barry University's Yunio Barrueta was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week. It is the second week in a row he has earned the award.
Barrueta, a 6-6 junior forward from Hialeah Gardens High School, averaged 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as the No. 7 Buccaneers beat Rollins and Palm Beach Atlantic. He had 28 points and 10 rebounds in an 83-66 victory over PBA on Saturday at home. It was his fifth double-double of the season. Barrueta had 19 points and nine boards in a 73-64 win at Rollins on Wednesday.
Barrueta is averaging a team-best 19.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this year for the 11-1 Bucs.
Barry plays host to Florida Tech at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Nova Southeastern at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Health & Sports Center.