Miami Hurricanes WBB Could Face UConn in NCAA Second Round

The Miami Hurricanes Women’s Basketball team made history with its fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid on Monday night. That is a school record in basketball for the men and the women.

Before facing UConn, the Miami Hurricanes Women will have to defeat the team that knocked them out of last year’s tournament, Quinnipiac. Miami dropped an 85-78 decision to the Bobcats last season.

The Hurricanes are the eight seed in the Albany region, Quinnipiac ninth. The winner likely gets the pleasure of having to play undefeated and top-seeded UConn on their home floor in the second round. Miami and Quinnipiac will tipoff at 1:30 ET on Saturday. UConn plays St. Francis (PA) in the first game of the day at 11 AM ET.

Quinnipiac dominated the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this year. They were 18-0 in conference and 27-5 overall. Quinnipiac is not an ordinary Mid-Major. Their RPI is 37 and they are 29th in the AP Poll.

Miami is significantly lower in the RPI than Quinnipiac. The Hurricanes are 53rd. Katie Meier rebuilt the Hurricanes after losing four starters from last season. Getting back to the Tournament was an impressive feat.

Miami didn’t back down against tougher opponents. The Hurricanes faced nine ranked opponents this season, winning three of them. They beat then number 20/23 Kentucky, 14/15 Duke and 23 North Carolina State. Kentucky and the Wolfpack missed the Tournament entirely. Duke is the fifth seed in the Albany Region.

Erykah Davenport is Miami’s lone returning starter. She has grown into the team leader and best player. Davenport averaged 12.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds. She also shot 53.9 percent from the floor and had 47 steals.

Mykea Gray started all 31 games as a Freshman. She was the only other double-figure scorer as a Freshmen. Gray averaged 11.7 points per game and was third on the team in assists.

Quinnipiac has three players averaging in double figures and five averaging at least eight points per game. They are led by Senior Canadian forward Sarah Shewan. She averages 13.3 PPG, is second on the team with 6.2 RPG, shoots 92.6 percent from the line and 35.5 percent on threes.

This will be the fourth time Miami and Quinnipiac will matchup on the hardcourt. Miami won the first two before the Bobcats upset the Hurricanes at the Watsco Center in last year’s Tournament. This year it will be Miami that faces a road crowd. Quinnipiac is about an hour from UConn’s campus.