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Bulldogs Head South To Face Miami

Janna Graf (Photo by Don Cark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Janna Graf (Photo by Don Cark, Yale Sports Publicity)

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Yale Set To Face Fourth Straight Opponent That Played in 2013 Postseason

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale returns to the road for its third-straight contest away from home when it faces Miami on Monday night. The Bulldogs will be looking to pick up their first win over an ACC opponent since defeating then No. 14 Florida State, 91-85, on Dec. 18, 2010.

Sarah Halejian currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 11.8 points per game, while Meredith Boardman is the leading rebounder at 8.4 per game.

Scouting The Opponent

All-Time Series Record: Miami leads the series, 1-0.

The teams have met just once, with the Hurricanes taking a 75-46 win on Dec. 28, 2001.

Miami is 2-2 to open the year, having played three of its first four games at home. The Hurricanes won their only road game, 86-68 at Oakland in their last game on Nov. 19.

Jessica Thomas has averaged 12.3 points per game despite coming off the bench in each contest. Caprice Dennis scored 14 points in her first appearance of the year at Oakland. Jassany Williams is averaging 9.8 rebounds.

Miami was picked ninth in the ACC Preseason Poll and is coming off a 21-11 season that ended in the NCAA Tournament. Katie Meier is in her ninth season at Miami and has posted a 149-108 record.

What To Watch For

Protect The Arc: Yale ranks fourth in the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage defense at .325. The Hurricanes are shooting .337 from the arc as a team, but nearly doubled their season total for three-pointers when they hit 15 in the win over Oakland last time out. Jessica Thomas leads the team shooting .455 (10-of-22) from the arc.

The Battle of the Boards: Both teams have been strong on the glass to open the year as Yale is averaging 46 rebounds per game and has a +1.4 margin over its opponents. Miami has grabbed 47 boards per game and is outrebounding opponents by +2.8 per game. The Bulldogs' frontline will need to contain 6-foot-2 Jassany Williams who is grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game for the 'Canes.

Tempo & Turnovers: The Bulldogs average 67.6 points per game, while Miami is nearly identical at 67.5 per game. Yale holds a slim advantage in turnover margin at +0.2 compared to -1.0. The Bulldogs commit 16.6 turnovers per game, while the Hurricanes commit 18.8 per game. Miami, however does force almost a full turnover more per game at 17.8.

Next Up

Yale will wrap up its four-game road swing with a trip to Greenville, S.C., to face Furman on Wednesday night.

The Paladins won the only meeting between the two teams on Dec. 30, 1996, by a score of 79-63 at the Mr. Cookie Face Holiday Classic in Jersey City, N.J.

Furman is just 1-4 to open the season, but picked up a win in its only home game of the season. Last time out, the Paladins dropped a narrow, 68-65, decision at UNC Asheville.