RICHMOND, Ky. - It's time to get the season underway as the Miami University women's basketball team has made the trip to Richmond, Ky. to take on Eastern Kentucky Friday at 5:30 p.m. The early start is due to the fact that the Colonels are holding a men's basketball game against Cincinnati Christian immediately following the conclusion of the Miami game. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
REDHAWKS IN OPENERS: This is the beginning of the 39th season of women's basketball at Miami. The RedHawks have an even 19-19 record in their previous 38 opening games. Last season, facing a Temple team on the road that was receiving votes in the AP Poll, Miami fell, 70-36. This is the 17th time the 'Hawks have begun a season on the road. They are 4-12 in their previous 16 road season openers. The last time Miami won its first game of the season when it was on the road was on Nov. 10, 2006 when it defeated Cleveland State, 86-84.
OSBORN COULD MOVE UP SCORING CHARTS: Senior Courtney Osborn has the chance to climb to the top of eight different career categories this season for Miami. One of the most prominant is the RedHawks' all-time scoring list. She currently ranks fifth with 1,575 points. It would take a real strong game, but Osborn could move up a couple of spots against Eastern Kentucky. Mary Ann Myers (1978-82) is fourth on the list with 1,600 career points. Monica Niemann (1991-95) is right in front of her in third place with 1,608 career points.
ABOUT THE COLONELS: Eastern Kentucky was 13-16 last season and tied for sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels return nine letterwinners, including all five starters from last season's squad. They are led by junior guard Marie Carpenter, who averaged 13.4 points per game last season. Other players who averaged in double-figures for EKU were senior center Jade Barber, who averaged 11.2 points per game off the bench and senior forward Alex Jones, who averaged 10.0 points per game during the 2011-12 season. The Colonels are known for an aggressive defensive approach, and will most likely press a lot during the game to look for steals and easy baskets.
THE SERIES WITH EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series with Miami, 6-4. The RedHawks have won the past two meetings over the last two seasons however. The teams last met on Dec. 10, 2011 in Oxford with Miami coming away with a 60-55 victory. EKU led the majority of the game, taking a lead of 38-24 early in the second half. A 24-7 run would eventually give Miami a 48-45 advantage. Tied at 48, back-to-back layups from Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski would give the RedHawks a lead they would not relinquish. Maggie Boyer led four Miami players in double figures with 16 points.
MIAMI VS. OVC: The Ohio Valley Conference is made up of 12 mid-size schools located in the states of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Alabama. Miami has a 11-15 record all-time against schools in the current makeup of the OVC. In addition to the 4-6 record against EKU, the RedHawks are 2-0 vs. Austin Peay, 1-1 vs. Belmont, 1-4 vs. Eastern Illinois, 2-1 vs. Morehead State, 1-2 vs. Murray State and 0-1 vs. Tennessee Tech. Miami has never faced Jacksonville State, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Tennessee State or Tennessee-Martin.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami returns home for four straight contests at Millett Hall over the next two weeks. The RedHawks begin the home schedule on Monday when they welcome brand-new Division I member Northern Kentucky on Monday at 7 p.m. Miami will then host Robert Morris on Thursday at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.