OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team has its second game in three days as it hosts Youngstown State Sunday at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
OLOWINSKI BLOCK RECORD SUNDAY?: Senior Kirsten Olowinski had four blocks on Friday in the win over College of Charleston. That gave her 130 blocks for her career. If she can repeat that performance Sunday against Youngstown State, she'll tie the Miami record of 134 blocks that is held by AuBree Hamilton (1996-00).
MIGHTY GOOD: Junior forward Erica Almady is tied for second on the RedHawks with a 9.0 points per game average. Her breakout campaign started in the opener when she had a double-double against Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 9) with 10 rebounds and a career-high 16 points. On Friday, she was 6-for-7 from the field and finished with 13 points as she led Miami to a 55-42 win over College of Charleston. Almady is third on team with a 5.0 rebounds per game average.
BALANCED SCORING: Senior Courtney Osborn has been Miami's leading scorer at 18.8 points per game. Olowinski and Almady have each added 9.0 points per game. The rest of the team has been extremely balanced in its scoring with six different players averaging between 4.0 and 4.8 points per contest.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Youngstown State is 3-0 on the season, its best start since 1999. The Penguins have not played since last Saturday when they defeated Bryant, 75-59, in their home opener. They also have wins over Pittsburgh and Buffalo this season. Senior forward Brandi Brown has had one of the best starts of any player in the country this season, she is averaging 22.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Shar'Rae Davis has also been impressive, averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. Youngstown has been playing with only a seven-person rotation in its three victories.
Series with YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Miami holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with the Penguins. This will be the first meeting in five years between the schools as they last played on Dec. 8, 2007 in Youngstown, Ohio. The RedHawks came away with a 64-45 win in that contest. Laura Markwood led the way with a double-double, finishing with 12 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.
MIAMI VS. HORIZON LEAGUE: The Horizon League is made up of nine schools in the same geographical footprint as the MAC. With so many of the schools located relatively close to Miami, the RedHawks will often schedule them for non-conference tilts. Miami is an impressive 55-13 all-time against Horizon League schools. In addition to the 5-2 record against Youngstown State, the RedHawks are 7-0 vs. Cleveland State, 3-2 vs. Detroit, 1-0 vs. Green Bay, 0-1 vs. Loyola, 1-1 vs. Milwaukee, 1-0 vs. UIC, 6-0 vs. Valparaiso and 21-4 vs. Wright State.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: It will be a significant test as Miami hits the road for a special matinee game at eighth-ranked Kentucky on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The RedHawks return home next Saturday, Dec. 1 to host Massachusetts at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for fans who cannot be there in person.