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UM women’s basketball team debuts at No. 22 on USA Today Coaches poll

The UM women’s basketball team, led by coach Katie Meier, is nationally ranked for the first time since 2013.
The UM women’s basketball team, led by coach Katie Meier, is nationally ranked for the first time since 2013. AP

The University of Miami women’s basketball team entered the top 25 for the first time this season, placing No. 22 in the country in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll released Tuesday afternoon.

It marks the first time since the week of Jan. 7, 2013 that the Hurricanes are nationally ranked. That week, Miami was No. 24 in The Associated Press Poll and No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.

The No. 22 ranking is the highest for head coach Katie Meier’s team since checking in at No. 21 in the AP Poll the week of Dec. 10, 2012. The last time Miami reached a ranking as high as No. 22 in the Coaches Poll was in the final poll of the 2011-12 season.

With a 10-0 record, Miami leads the nation in wins and is one of just 16 remaining undefeated teams. The Hurricanes, off to their second-best start ever, are the last unbeaten team in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which has five teams ranked in the top 25 of the Coaches Poll, plus two others receiving votes.

Miami went from earning 17 points in the Coaches Poll on Nov. 24 to 50 last week and now has 118. Moving up five spots since the last release, Miami tied for the largest rise in the poll.

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