University of Miami

UM women’s basketball team adds two players from Dutch national team

UM coach Katie Meier has added to an already strong lineup by signing Dutch national team standouts Laura Cornelius and Emese Hof.
UM coach Katie Meier has added to an already strong lineup by signing Dutch national team standouts Laura Cornelius and Emese Hof. AP

The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team this week signed two Dutch National Team standouts, 5-8 guard Laura Cornelius and 6-3 forward Emese Hof.

According to the Canes, Cornelius is the top international point guard in ProspectsNation.com’s freshmen ratings. Hof is reportedly ranked fifth among post players.

Miami coach Katie Meier coached against both players during the 2013 U-19 FIBA World Championships.

Cornelius and Hof join November signee Zada Williams, a 6-2 forward from Lake Wales, in the Canes’ 2015 recruiting class.

Miami is coming off a season in which it made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The team’s top returnees are rising junior guards Adrienne Motley and Jessica Thomas.

Motley was the team’s MVP and was named first-team All-ACC.

FIU

Meghan MacLaren shot a 7-under par 65 on Wednesday to win the Conference USA women’s golf title. The junior from England set FIU and Conference USA records with a 54-hole total of 10-under 206.

Meanwhile, FIU senior Yana Koroleva, a transfer from Clemson, was named Conference USA’s Women’s Tennis Newcomer of the Year. She and Carlotta Orlando, a junior from Italy, were named first-team all-league.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN

The Sharks’ baseball team (34-9) has had a stellar season, even if they have gone under the radar in Division II. The Sharks are ranked first in the nation and join a parade of other top NSU teams in the spring sports, including men’s golf (No.. 1), women’s golf (No. 2) and women’s tennis (No. 4).

BARRY UNIVERSITY

Nicky Ferre, a junior from Weston, won her first Sunshine State Conference women’s golf title on Tuesday. Barry won the team title, too – another first. Ferre set a school record for 54 holes with a one-under-par 215.

Meanwhile, the men’s golf team, ranked fourth in the nation in Division II, will play in the South/Southeast Super Region in Dade City May 4-6. The women will play for the same title May 4-6 in Georgia.

Barry’s men’s tennis team (19-0, ranked third in the nation) and its women’s tennis team (18-1, No. 2 nationally) are among the favorites to win titles.

BROWARD COLLEGE

Catcher Yordany Salva has led Broward (30-22) to the state playoffs, which will take play May 8-13 in Lakeland. Salva leads the team in hitting (.340), RBI (36) and slugging percentage (.497).

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

The baseball team (24-21), which finished second in the nation last season, lost to Broward College 3-0 in its regular season finale and failed to make the playoffs.

MDC’s softball team, however, made the state playoffs for the third year in a row. The softball team (27-16) will bid for a state title May 1-3 at Vero Beach.

ST. THOMAS

The Bobcats (37-13), ranked No. 22 in the nation in baseball (NAIA), are led by their team MVP and left fielder, Jerry Downs, who is hitting .354 with seven homers and 45 RBI.

First baseman Eric Santamaria, a senior, is hitting .397 with three homers and 48 RBI.

Next stop for the Bobcats, who recently took two of three from No. 3 Northwood: the Sun Conference playoffs next Friday in Fort Myers.

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