Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Arizona State welcomes the Miami Hurricanes Saturday

See also

The 9-1 Arizona State women’s basketball team returns home to face the Miami Hurricanes at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, still just two spots removed from the national polls.

The Sun Devils blew away the Titans of Cal State Fullerton Dec. 14, 81-55, behind freshman center Kelsey Moos’ 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-10 shooting. Leading scorer Deja Mann (12.3 ppg) was held to two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Moos is averaging 8.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while fellow first-year player Sophie Brunner is posting similar numbers (8.9 and 5.8). Senior guard Adrianne Thomas averages 10.2 points, as well.

The Hurricanes (6-3) are coming off a 63-58 home win over Coppin State on Sunday and are led by 5-foot-9 sophomore guard Caprice Dennis, who has averaged 17.8 points in six games after only scoring 2.4 per game as a freshman.

After losing its top three scorers from the 21-11 team that lost to Iowa as an eight seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, the Canes fell to Richmond (57-50) and Middle Tennessee (66-51) without Dennis in the lineup early this season. A six-point win over Missouri is their highest quality victory, and Minnesota defeated them 74-67 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Sophomore forward Keyona Hayes (11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg), junior guard Suriya McGuire (9.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg), senior guard Krystal Saunders (8.7 ppg), freshman guard Jessica Thomas (8.1 ppg), and 6-foot-2 junior forward Jassany Williams (6.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg) are the key threats surrounding Dennis.

Miami is coached by Katie Meier, who is fresh off leading Team USA to a gold medal in the Under-19 World Championships in Lithuania this past summer and shared the AP Coach of the Year Award with Geno Auriemma and Tara VanDerveer in 2011.

The Hurricanes are in search of an unprecedented fourth-consecutive trip to the Big Dance.

At halftime, the Sun Devils will retire the No. 21 jersey of former player Ryneldi Becenti, and the Native American Day festivities will also include the national anthem in the Navajo native language. Following the women’s game, the men will be playing Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m.

Advertisement

Sports

  • The New York Yankees turn the first triple play of the 2014 season
    Video
    Watch Video
  • A big third period from the Rangers propel them past Philly in Game 1
    NHL
  • Donovan McNabb serves time in jail stemming from a December DUI
    NFL News
  • Interview with Bernard Hopkins: 'I'm from Mars, but I fight here on Earth'
    Boxing
  • Are you as excited as LeBron about the NBA Playoffs? We seriously doubt it
    NBA
  • New details have emerged about the friendly-fire incident that killed Pat Tillman
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!