OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team returns home looking to get back on the winning track when it hosts Chicago State Saturday at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
GREAT START BY ANDERSON: Freshman forward Nicole Anderson is Miami’s leading scorer and rebounder after its first two contests. She is averaging a double-double with 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Anderson recorded her first career double-double against Wright State (Nov. 12) when she scored 17 points and brought in 16 rebounds.
YOUNG PEOPLE IN GENERAL: Miami has gotten a lot of its stats from the freshmen and sophomores in the lineup throughout the first two games. That includes 57.6 percent of the points scored and 58.3 percent of the rebounds brought in.
CUTTING DOWN THE FOULS: One of the big adjustments all teams in college basketball are making is to the emphasis on the hand-checking fouls. The game is being called tighter, and fouls are up for almost all teams throughout the country. Miami is no exception as the RedHawks are averaging 24.5 fouls per game during their first two contests. Last season, they averaged only 14.8 fouls per game.
ABOUT THE COUGARS: Chicago State is 1-1 on the season. It opened the year with a 74-51 victory over Indiana Tech. The Cougars dropped their last game, 64-33, to Northwestern on Wednesday. Junior guard Tierra Williams has been the leading scorer so far for CSU. She averages 14.5 points per game. Junior Chanel Wilson-Stewart has also been a key player, averaging a double-double with 10.0 points and 15.0 rebounds per game.
SERIES WITH CHICAGO STATE: The RedHawks hold a 4-1 lead in the all-time series with Chicago State, having won the last two. Last season, Miami had one its best defensive efforts in school history, defeating the Cougars, 71-37, in Chicago on Dec. 16. The 37 points tied for the eighth-fewest points the Red and White had ever given up in any game. Offensively, Jessica Rupright tied with Kirsten Olowinski for the team lead with 12 points, while Kelsey Simon had her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
MIAMI VS. WAC: The Western Athletic Conference underwent significant changes after last season with all but three schools leaving for new conferences. The WAC was able to rebuild however, with six new schools joining for the 2013-14 season. Miami has only played three of the nine schools that make up the current WAC. In addition to their 4-1 record against Chicago State, the RedHawks are 1-1 vs. Cal State Bakersfield and 1-0 vs. Texas-Pan American. Miami has never faced Grand Canyon, Idaho, UMKC, New Mexico State, Seattle or Utah Valley.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami has a week off before it travels to the Windy City to take on UIC on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. (EST). Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. The RedHawks return home on Tuesday, Nov. 26 when they host Duquesne at 7 p.m.