OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team begins a two-game homestand when it hosts high-scoring Akron on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game is a Dollar Day contest and admission is only $1. Select concession items will be only $2. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
GANNON CONNECTION: There is a unique connection between Miami head coach Cleve Wright and Akron head coach Jodi Kest. From 1996-2013, those two were the only two head coaches the Gannon University women’s basketball team had. Kest was the head coach of Gannon (located in Erie, Pa.) from 1996-2002. She compiled a record of 105-64 in six season. When she left to become the head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Knights hired Wright, who was the top assistant at Northwestern at the time. Wright went 233-100 in 11 seasons at Gannon, leading the Knights to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight twice, including a Final Four appearance in 2008.
ONLY 101 TO GO: The next point senior guard Hannah Robertson scores will be the 900th of her career. She needs only 101 more points to become the 22nd player in Miami history to score 1,000 career points.
SIMON ALSO NEAR MILESTONE: Senior forward Kelsey Simon is also near a personal milestone. She currently has 49 blocks. Her next block will make her the 18th player in school history with 50.
ABOUT AKRON: Akron is 7-7 on the season and 1-2 in the MAC. Last weekend, the Zips fell to both of the remaining undefeated conference teams. On Thursday, they dropped a 109-83 decision to Central Michigan at home. They then fell to Bowling Green, 81-65, on the road on Sunday. Akron is the second-highest scoring team in the MAC at 82.1 points per game. However, it allows 76.9 points per contest. The Zips are dependent on two players for the majority of their scoring. Redshirt senior forward Rachel Tecca, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, ranks fifth in the country with 24.1 points per game, to go with 8.6 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Hanna Luburgh ranks 11th in the country at 22.9 points per game, to go with 7.4 rebounds per contest.
SERIES AGAINST AKRON: Miami holds a 32-10 lead in the all-time series with the Zips. However, Akron has won the last two meetings, both occurring last season. On Feb. 9 in Oxford, the Zips took a back-and-forth game, 84-77. Erica Almady led four players in double-figures with a career-high 20 points, while Haley Robertson contributed 13. On March 3 in Akron, it was close again, but the Zips were able to take a 71-65 win. Courtney Osborn led Miami with 23 points, while Kirsten Olowinski had a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami concludes its two-game homestand when it hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.