CLEVELAND - Horizon League week continues for the Miami University women's basketball team as it travels to Cleveland State on Saturday. Game time is schedule for 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call it will be broadcast live on WMOH as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
LONG ROAD TRIP: Miami will play its next seven games away from Millett Hall, as its final five non-conference contests, as well as its first two Mid-American Conference matches are on the road. The stretch will not break the Red and White record for most consecutive away games because the two games at the Caribbean Classic are considered neutral site. This stretch does tie the record for most games in a row away from Millett Hall. Miami last played seven straight games on the road from Feb. 17 through Mar. 4, 1978. All seven of those games were true away games in the opposing team's gym however.
OSBORN CLOSE TO NUMBER TWO IN SCORING: Possibly lost in the excitement of senior Kirsten Olowinski becoming the 21st player to score 1,000 career points in Tuesday's win over Wright State, was senior Courtney Osborn's return from injury. She scored 16 points and crossed the 1,700-career point mark herself. Osborn now has 1,706 career points and needs only 23 points to pass Heather Cusick's (1999-03) total of 1,728 points and move into second place on Miami's all-time scoring list. Osborn is chasing Amanda Jackson's (2003-08) all-time scoring record of 1,979 points and needs 274 more points to break it.
ABOUT THE VIKINGS: Cleveland State is 3-4 on the season. The Vikings have not played since Sunday when they defeated Indiana, 69-58, on the road. It was their second straight win after starting the season with a 1-4 record. Cleveland State has a very strong player in senior forward Shalonda Winton. She ranks fifth in the nation with a 23.4 points per game scoring average. She also leads the Vikings with a 10.6 rebounds per game average. Another key player for CSU is sophomore Cori Coleman. She averages 11.9 points per game.
SERIES WITH CLEVELAND STATE: Miami has won all seven previous meetings with the Vikings. The last time these teams met was on Dec. 1, 2007 in Oxford. Amanda Jackson exploded for 29 points in leading the RedHawks to an 89-71 victory.
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 46-7 all-time against Horizon League schools. In addition to the 7-0 record against Cleveland State, the RedHawks are 21-4 vs. Wright 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 5-3 vs. Youngstown State.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami will take the week off for finals before resuming its long road trip. The RedHawks will head to Chicago State on Sunday, Dec. 16 for a 3 p.m. (EST) contest. Tim Bray will have the call and an audio broadcast can be heard on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.