OXFORD, Ohio - After 10 days off for the holidays, the Miami University women’s basketball team gets back to action on Sunday when it hosts Cleveland State at 1 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader that will see the men’s basketball team take on Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. Both games can be heard live on WMOH, as well as seen on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
DOUBLEHEADER TICKETS AND PARKING NOTE: Fans that come to Millett Hall before halftime of the women’s game will receive admission to the doubleheader for the women’s basketball price of $7 ($5 for under 18). After halftime, men’s basketball prices will go into effect. Parking is free for the day, fans are advised to park in the West Millett Lot.
LOTS OF HORIZON LEAGUE: Before the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, 50 Division I schools changed conferences as part of the massive realignment craze that has hit college sports. Obviously Miami was not one of those them, but it may seem like it for the women’s basketball team as Cleveland State is the fourth different Horizon League opponent it has faced during non-conference play. That is out of nine teams total in the entire league. In all seriousness, the Horizon League has provided convenient local opponents over the years, as its footprint nearly matches the MAC footprint. The RedHawks have had a lot of success against Horizon League opponents as they are an impressive 47-12 against the schools. Miami is 22-5 vs. Wright State, 7-1 vs. Cleveland State, 6-3 vs. Youngstown 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, but the Golden Grizzlies only joined the league this past season as part of that massive conference realignment.
ABOUT CLEVELAND STATE: Cleveland State is 5-6 on the season. The Vikings dropped their final game before the holiday on Dec. 21 to Indiana, 107-73. Cleveland State has been a strong offensive team, scoring an average of 71.5 points per game. Four players average in double figures for the Vikings, led by junior forward Imani Gordon. She averages 16.4 points and 8.5 rebounds in 37.9 minutes per game of action. Another key player is junior guard Kiersten Green. She averages 14.5 points per game. CSU gives up an average of 72.1 points per contest, and opponents are hitting 45.6 percent of their shots against the Vikings.
SERIES AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE: Miami leads the all-time series with Cleveland State, 7-1. The Vikings earned their first ever win against the RedHawks last season when they took an 87-75 victory on Dec. 8, 2012 in Cleveland. Courtney Osborn led Miami with 23 points, while Kirsten Olowinski contributed 21.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: It’s time to begin Mid-American Conference play for Miami. It begins at home when the RedHawks host Western Michigan Saturday at 2 p.m. For fans that cannot be in attendance, Tim Bray will have the call on WMOH, and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.