OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track as it hosts Massachusetts Saturday at 2 p.m. in Millett Hall. Tim Bray has the call it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. An audio broadcast can be heard on WMOH.
RECORD TIME FOR OLO?: Senior Kirsten Olowinski enters Saturday's contest with 977 career points and 132 career blocks. She has the opportunity to reach milestone in each category during the game. With 23 more points she'll become the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000 for her career. With three more blocks she'll break AuBree Hamilton's (1996-00) school record of 134.
UMASS IS BACK AS PART OF FOOTBALL DEAL: It is unusual for a non-conference team from another portion of the country to return to Oxford for a second straight season. The teams played each other the previous two seasons as part of a home-and-home deal that Miami signed so it could visit the Boston area two seasons ago. UMass then returned the favor last season. While that was happening, Massachusetts joined the Mid-American Conference in football only. As part of the deal, its basketball teams have to play four games against MAC opponents each season (two in Amherst and two on the road). The MAC office determines who the Minutewomen play each season, and it was determined they would travel to Ohio and Miami, while playing host to Kent State and Bowling Green. As part of the arrangement, the RedHawks are currently scheduled to return to Amherst in the 2015-16 season.
ABOUT THE MINUTEWOMEN: Massachusetts is 2-5 on the season. The Minutewomen are on a two-game Mid-American Conference road trip as they defeated Ohio, 65-61, on Thursday to break a five-game losing streak. UMass is led by senior center Jasmine Watson, who averages 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. However, she missed the Ohio contest due to concussion syndromes and is questionable to play against Miami. Another key player is sophomore guard Emily Mital. She averages 14.3 points per game and is an incredible 53.8 percent (21-for-39) from behind the three-point line. The Minutewomen are very good offensively as they hit 45 percent of the shots they take. They have allowed opponents to hit 41.2 percent of the shots they take, however.
Series with MASSACHUSETTS: The series between Miami and Massachusetts is tied at one win apiece. They have met each of the last two seasons with the Minutewomen winning 78-72 on Dec. 21, 2010 in Amherst and the RedHawks taking an 81-56 victory last season on Nov. 19, 2011 in Oxford. In last year's contest Courtney Osborn went 10-for-16 from the field, including 5-for-11 from behind the three-point line as she led Miami with 25 points. Hannah Robertson contributed 14 points in the win.
MIAMI VS. ATLANTIC 10: Having realigned significantly over the past 10 years, the Atlantic-10 conference consists of 16 schools from all over the eastern half of the United States, including local rivals Dayton and Xavier. Miami is 40-36 against A-10 schools, with 46 of those games having been against the Flyers (13-16 all-time) and the Musketeers (10-7 all-time). In addition to their 1-1 record against Massachusetts, the RedHawks are also 10-3 against Butler, 1-2 against La Salle, 1-0 versus Rhode Island, 0-1 against St. Bonaventure, 3-1 versus Saint Louis, 0-1 vs. Duquesne, 0-1 vs. Richmond and 1-2 vs. Temple. Miami has never faced Charlotte, Fordham, George Washington, Saint Joseph's or VCU.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The RedHawks return home for their next two games. On Saturday Miami will take on Massachusetts at 2 p.m. Then on Tuesday it is the annual Class at the Court game against Wright State at 1:30 p.m. Over 1,500 elementary school students from the Talawanda School District will be in attendance. Both games will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access.