OXFORD, Ohio - It's the final regular season home game and Senior Night as the Miami University women's basketball team hosts Kent State Thursday at 7 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
DOLLAR DAYS: With this being the final scheduled home game of the year, the Miami women's basketball team is holding Fan Appreciation Day. As part of thanking the fans, the popular Dollar Days promotion is back. All tickets are only $1, with select concession items also priced at $1.
HONOR THY SENIOR: While there are only two seniors on this year's RedHawk team, they will go down as two of the most accomplished in school history, holding some of program's biggest records. Courtney Osborn is Miami's all-time leading scorer, while Kirsten Olowinski is its all-time leading rebounder. Here is a little more on each senior.
Osborn became the first women's basketball player from Miami and 12th in MAC history to score 2,000 career points in her last game against Bowling Green. She now ranks 11th in league history with 2,028 points. Osborn is also the 'Hawks all-time leader in three-point makes (280), free throws made (482) and 20-plus point games (45). She has been selected to All-MAC teams each of her first three seasons (Third Team in 2010 and 2011, First Team in 2012), and was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2010. Osborn was one of only 52 players to be honored as a WBCA All-Region player as a junior in 2012.
Olowinski became the first women's basketball player from Miami and eighth in MAC history to record 1,000 rebounds. She currently ranks fourth in league history with 1,083 rebounds. Olowinski is also the 'Hawks all-time leader in blocks (165) and double-doubles (39). She was selected to the All-MAC Third Team as a junior in 2012. Olowinski became the 21st player in Miami history to score 1,000 career points and now ranks 11th on the career list with 1,229 points.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Kent State is 3-23 overall and 1-12 in the Mid-American Conference. It has been a struggle this season for the Golden Flashes as they have lost five straight since earning their first conference victory over Ohio on Feb. 3. In its last game, Kent State fell to Akron, 77-71, on Saturday. The Golden Flashes average only 51.6 points per contest, and are led by senior guard Tamzin Barroilhet. She leads the team with 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. KSU does employ a strong press defense that forces opponents into an average of over 17 turnovers per game.
SERIES WITH KENT STATE: This will be the 78th meeting between Miami and Kent State. The RedHawks have faced the Golden Flashes more than any other opponent. Kent State has a 40-38 lead in the all-time series, but the RedHawks have won three straight. That includes a 76-48 win on Jan. 27 in Kent. Miami led the entire way, going in front by as many 34 points in the contest. Kirsten Olowinski led for 'Hawks in double figures, finishing with 15 points.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami hits the road for its final two regular-season games as it attempts to climb into the top four of the MAC standings and earn a bye in the upcoming MAC Tournament. The RedHawks travel to Akron on Sunday at 2 p.m. for a game against the Zips that will have huge implications in the MAC East Division race. Miami will then conclude the regular season at Ohio on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call for both games and each can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.