KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Miami University women's basketball team looks to bounce back from a tough opening Mid-American Conference opening loss with a trip to Kalamazoo on Sunday to face Western Michigan. Game time is 2 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
LINEUP SHUFFLING: Because of injuries, Miami's projected starting lineup has only been on the floor for three of its 14 games this season. Key players such as Hannah Robertson and Erica Almady have missed multiple games due to injury. Even leading scorer Courtney Osborn missed her first career game due to injury earlier this season. The lineup that played in the RedHawks' last game was the ninth different lineup they have fielded this season. Senior Kirsten Olowinski is the only player to have started and appeared in all 14 games.
OLO'S DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Being a great scorer and Miami's all-time leading rebounder has given senior forward Kirsten Olowinski another spot at the top of the Red and White's record book. With 13 points and 12 rebounds against Ball State on Wednesday, she had her fifth double-double of her senior season and 35th of her career. That ties the record of Miami Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann, who had 35 between 1991-95. Olowinski has recorded 13 double-doubles each of the previous two seasons to tie for the single-season record.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Western Michigan is 4-10 on the season. The Broncos dropped their MAC opener on the road at Eastern Michigan, 56-52, on Thursday. It was their third straight loss. WMU is one of six league schools with new head coaches this season, with former Michigan State assistant coach Shane Clipfell taking the helm. The Broncos have been led by senior guard Aurielle Anderson and junior guard Corie Buchanan, each of whom are averaging 9.1 points per game. They are a deep team, regularly playing 10-12 players in a game. They are susceptible to the three-pointer, however. Teams are making their shots from behind the arc at a 43.6 percent rate against Western Michigan.
SERIES WITH WESTERN MICHIGAN: Miami holds a 32-24 lead in the all-time series with the Broncos. Last season, the RedHawks broke a two-game losing streak to WMU with an 82-67 win on Jan. 22, 2012 in Oxford. Courtney Osborn led the 'Hawks with 34 points and eight assists. Osborn has had great success in the past against Western Michigan, scoring 36 points in an 83-64 loss on Feb. 12, 2011 when she was a sophomore.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: After six weeks and seven games, the Miami RedHawks will finally return to Millett Hall. The 'Hawks will play eight of their next 12 games at home, starting on Thursday when they welcome rival Ohio for the "Battle of the Bricks." Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.