YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - After nearly pulling off the upset over Florida State, which is receiving votes and is ranked just outside the top 25, the Miami University women’s basketball team hits the road for its next four contests. First up, the RedHawks travel to Youngstown State on Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
THREE-POINTERS BEGINNING TO FALL: After making a total of only 10 three-point baskets in their first three games, the RedHawks have begun to find their outside shot, making 26 in their last three games. That includes a season-high 10 against Florida State. Miami has hit 44.1 percent (26-for-59) from behind the arc in its last three contests, led by senior guard Hannah Robertson, who is an impressive 10-for-16 (62.5 percent).
LATEST NCAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS OUT: The NCAA released its latest statistical rankings on Monday. Miami ranks 37th in the nation in free throw percentage at 74.8 percent and 85th in three-point field goal percentage at 34.3 percent. Individually, ranks 15th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 50.0 percent.
ABOUT YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Youngstown State is 1-4 on the season. After earning their first victory of the year against Northern Kentucky on Nov. 20, the Penguins fell to Bucknell, 66-41, on Nov. 26 and to West Virginia, 85-58, on Saturday. Under a new coaching staff this season, junior forward Heidi Schlegel has enjoyed a breakout campaign. She is averaging 22.2 points per contest, which ranks 25th in the country. Youngstown State will be a test for Miami’s recent three-point shooting success. The Penguins have allowed opponents to hit only 22.6 percent of their trey attempts, which is the 11th-best mark in the nation.
SERIES WITH THE PENGUINS: Miami leads the all-time series with Youngstown State, 5-3. The Penguins won the last meeting however, 76-56, last season on Nov. 25, 2012 in Oxford. With the RedHawks up, 28-26, early in the second half, YSU went on a 19-6 run to take control of the game. led Miami with 15 points in the contest.
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 tilt. In fact, Youngstown State is the third Horizon school the RedHawks have faced in their first seven games. Miami is an impressive 46-12 all-time against Horizon League schools. In addition to the 5-3 record against Youngstown State, the RedHawks are 22-5 vs. Wright State, 7-1 vs. Cleveland State, 3-2 vs. Detroit, 1-0 vs. Green Bay, 1-1 vs. Milwaukee, 6-0 vs. Valparaiso and 1-1 vs. UIC. The RedHawks have never faced Oakland.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami continues its road trip on Saturday when it makes the short trip to the Bank of Kentucky Center to take on Northern Kentucky for a 7 p.m. contest. Bill Douglas will have the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.