OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team returns to Millett Hall for one of only two games at home in the month of February when it hosts Toledo Thursday at 7 p.m. This game is the final Dollar Days contest of the season 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.
MIDWAY THROUGH THE MAC: Miami gained some momentum to end the first half of Mid-American Conference play with wins in two of its last three games. At 3-6 at the moment there is a great chance to move up in the standings of the tightly packed league. Central Michigan at 9-0 and Bowling Green have pulled away at 9-0 and 8-1 respectively, while Akron is currently third at 6-3. The RedHawks are within two games of every other team. Buffalo and Western Michigan are the only other teams above .500 at 5-4. Toledo, Ball State and Northern Illinois are each 4-5. Ohio joins Miami at 3-6. Eastern Michigan at 2-7 and Kent State at 1-8 round out the pack. The top-four teams receive byes in the MAC Tournament (seeds 1 and 2 to the semifinals, 3 and 4 to the quarterfinals), while seeds five through eight will host seeds nine through 12 in first round games at campus sites on Monday, March 10. The remainder of the MAC Tournament takes place March 12-15 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
HANNAH COUNTDOWN CONTINUES: Senior guard Hannah Robertson scored 11 points in the win against EMU on Sunday. She now has 974 career points and needs only 26 more to become the 22nd player in Miami history to score 1,000.
ABOUT TOLEDO: Toledo is 9-11 overall and 4-5 in the MAC. The Rockets have lost their last two games, including a 66-59 decision to Bowling Green on Sunday. They are rebuilding after graduating a large senior class last season and feature a relatively young core. Toledo is led by junior guard Inma Zanoguera. She averages 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard Andola Dortch is the two-time defending MAC Defensive Player of the Year, and she is also the Rockets’ second-leading scorer at 11.8 points per game.
SERIES AGAINST TOLEDO: Toledo holds a 33-25 lead in the all-time series with Miami and has won six straight against the RedHawks. This is the second meeting between the teams this year due to the new 18-game MAC scheduling format. The Rockets took a 68-52 win in Toledo back on Jan. 12. Miami had a tough shooting game that night, finishing at 30.4 percent (14-for-46). Sophomore forward Jessica Rupright led the RedHawks with nine points.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami hits the road for its next two games, starting with a Sunday contest at Bowling Green at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. The RedHawks’ next home game is their annual “Class at the Court” contest when they host Ball State on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.