OXFORD, Ohio - Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa announced the 2012-13 Miami University women's basketball schedule on Wednesday. The exciting slate will feature 14 homes games and 10 games against teams who played in the postseason a year ago. It will also see the RedHawks play outside of the United States during the regular season for the first time in team history when they participate in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.
"As always, we have set up our non-conference schedule with strong but diverse teams," said Fantanarosa. "The purpose of this is to prepare us for a competitive MAC season."
Miami will host Tiffin in its only exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 4. The regular season begins on the road with a trip to Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 9. The RedHawks will then come back to Millett Hall for four straight home games, beginning with the home opener against Northern Kentucky on Monday, Nov. 12. The Norse have transitioned to Division I this season after spending several seasons as one of the strongest teams in Division II. Also during the homestand, Miami will take on Robert Morris (Nov. 15), College of Charleston (Nov. 23) and Youngstown State (Nov. 25).
The Red and White will travel to Kentucky for a game on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Wildcats made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season and are expected to enter this season ranked in the top 10. December will feature home games against Massachusetts (Dec. 1) and Wright State (Dec. 4), followed by road games at Cleveland State (Dec. 8) and Chicago State (Dec. 16).
Miami will travel to Cancun, Mexico for the Caribbean Classic, Dec. 20-21. The games will take place in a converted ballroom at the Moon Palace Resort. On Thursday, Dec. 20, the RedHawks will take on Creighton. The next day, Miami will face Nevada. The Red and White will then break for the holidays before finishing their non-conference schedule at Duquesne on Jan. 5.
Mid-American Conference play features a new format in 2013. While Miami will still play teams from the East Division twice and teams from the West Division once, during the first 11 games of the conference season, the order in which they play is completely random. The RedHawks will actually open MAC play against a West Division team when they travel to Ball State on Thursday, Jan. 10.
"I look forward to the change in the MAC schedule," said Fantanarosa. "Playing the West Division schools in the beginning and middle of conference play will give us a new look. MAC play in general will be different as we have six new coaches joining us this season. It will prove to be challenging since we will have to scout six new systems."
After heading to Western Michigan for a contest on Sunday, Jan. 13, Miami will return to Millett Hall for games against Ohio (Jan. 17) and Eastern Michigan (Jan. 20). The rest of the month of January includes trips to Bowling Green (Jan. 24) and Kent State (Jan. 27), followed by a home game against Buffalo (Jan. 31).
February begins with a game at Northern Illinois (Feb. 3). It will be followed by three straight home games, as Miami takes on Toledo (Feb. 6), Akron (Feb. 9) and Central Michigan (Feb. 16). Those final two games will be doubleheader with the men's team.
Once all MAC teams have played all 11 other teams once, the final five games will be reserved for the second games against division opponents. The RedHawks will begin by traveling to Buffalo on Wednesday, Feb. 20. They will then host their final two games at Millett hall, taking on Bowling Green (Feb. 23) and Kent State (Feb. 28) for Senior Day. Miami will conclude the regular season with road games at Akron (Mar. 3) and Ohio (Mar. 6).
The 2013 MAC Tournament will once again feature triple byes for the top two seeds and double byes for the third and fourth seeds. The fifth through 12th seeds will have first-round games on campus sites on Saturday, Mar. 9. The remainder of the tournament will take place at Quicken Loans Arena, Mar. 13-16.
Miami returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a squad that was 21-10 a season ago and made a WNIT appearance for the second time in school history. With 14 games within the friendly confines of Millett Hall fans don't want to miss a minute of the action. Buy your tickets today by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or click here.
Miami University Women's Basketball 2012-13 Season Ticket Prices:
Youth Reserved (Under 18): $46
Miami University Faculty and Staff: $46
Senior Citizen (65 and Over): $46
Adult Reserved: $55
Courtside Seating: $80