CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced the women’s basketball league schedule on Wednesday. The format remains the same from last season as the RedHawks will play 18 league games.
Miami will play each of its MAC East Division rivals twice for a total of 10 games. The RedHawks will play four West Division teams once (two home and two away) and two West Division teams twice. By a random computer draw, Miami will play Eastern Michigan and Ball State twice this season.
To make the schedule more fan friendly, all women’s basketball MAC games will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays this season with no exceptions. It is a change that head coach Cleve Wright believes will make a significant difference.
“We are happy for the consistency in the conference schedule, playing on Wednesday and Saturday will help us in preparation and establish a strong routine throughout the conference schedule,” said Wright. “Also, our fans will appreciate knowing when we are competing and it should help them to support us.”
After ending non-conference play at the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Classic Tournament Dec. 28-29, Miami opens MAC play five days later at Toledo on Jan. 3. A trip to Ball State follows the following Wednesday (Jan. 7). The RedHawks begin the home portion of league play with three straight games, starting with Buffalo (Jan. 10 – doubleheader with men’s team), and continuing on with Central Michigan (Jan. 14) and Akron (Jan. 17). After trips to Eastern Michigan (Jan. 21) and Bowling Green (Jan. 24), January concludes with home games against Ball State (Jan. 28) and Western Michigan (Jan. 31 – doubleheader with men’s team).
The month of February starts with a trip to Northern Illinois (Feb. 4). After a home rematch against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 7), there will be a trip to Kent State (Feb. 11). On Feb. 14, Ohio comes to town for the “Battle of the Bricks.” That will be another doubleheader that will see the men’s basketball team also take on Ohio. Including two non-conference doubleheaders, there will be a total of six doubleheaders at Millett Hall this season where fans can see both the men’s and women’s teams back-to-back.
After a week off to rest, Miami returns to MAC play with a trip to Buffalo on Feb. 21. The final two home games of the season follow with Bowling Green (Feb. 25) and Kent State (Feb. 28 – doubleheader with men’s team) coming to Oxford. The game against the Golden Flashes will be Senior Day. The regular season concludes with games at Akron (March 4) and at Ohio (March 7).
"As always, the conference is tough top to bottom and we will have to be ready to play every night,” said Wright. “We really like the doubleheader games with men's basketball because it gives our Miami basketball fans a chance to see both teams compete against Mid-American Conference opponents on the same night."
The MAC Tournament begins on March 9 with first round games on campus sites. The remainder of the tournament will take place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, beginning with the second round on March 11.
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