AKRON, Ohio - Miami travels to Akron Wednesday for its final road game of the 2013-14 regular season. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tim Bray has the call, and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
TOUGH STRETCH OF TRAVELING: The game against the Zips marks the sixth time in the past eight games that the RedHawks have played away from Millett Hall. Such a stretch of games is rare for Mid-American Conference play. It is the first time the Red and White have done so since the 1995-96 season, when it played six out of eight league games on the road from Jan. 10-Feb. 3. That stretch included playing four straight away from Millett Hall.
ANDERSON COULD JOIN RECORD BOOKS: Freshman forward Nicole Anderson was 4-for-4 from the free throw line against Kent State on Sunday. She is now 52-for-60 from the line this season. The Miami single-season free throw percentage record counts once a player has made at least 50 free throws. If the season ended today, Anderson’s free throw percentage of 86.7 percent would be the third best single-season percentage in school history. The record is held by Miami Hall-of-Famer Julie Howell, who hit 89.7 percent (78-for-87) of her free throws during the 1989-90 season.
ABOUT AKRON: Akron is 17-8 overall and is in third place in the MAC at 11-3. The Zips have won 10 games in a row since losing to Miami back in January. That includes an 88-76 victory over Ohio in their last game on Saturday. Akron is a very strong offensive team, ranking eighth in the country with an average of 83.2 points per game. Despite playing at a very fast pace, it doesn’t turn the ball over often. The Zips have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.28, which ranks 19th in the country. Akron gets over 50 percent of its scoring from two players. Senior forward Rachel Tecca ranks ninth in the country with an average of 23.4 points per game. She also leads the Zips with an average of 9.7 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Hanna Luburgh ranks 11th in the nation with an average of 23.0 points per game.
SERIES WITH AKRON: Miami holds a 33-10 lead in the all-time series with the Zips. The RedHawks earned a 79-76 victory over Akron in their first meeting this season on Jan. 15. Miami built a 10 point lead in the second half and was able to hang on by making key defensive stops at the end. Senior guard Hannah Robertson led four ‘Hawks in double figures with 18 points. While Luburgh finished with 26 for Akron, Miami was able to get Tecca in foul trouble and hold her to only 15.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami completes the regular season with three straight home games. First up, the RedHawks take on Buffalo Saturday at 2 p.m. Bill Douglas will have the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. The game against the Bulls is the Think Pink contest. All proceeds from the game, including ticket gate and T-shirt sales, will benefit The Luna Cares Fund, a local Oxford charity established in 2010 to directly support the financial needs of women undergoing treatment for cancer and their families. It is also the Annual Kids Fest game. Several Miami varsity and club teams will have demonstrations on the concourse prior to the contest beginning at 12:45 p.m. and lasting until game time.