CHICAGO - With finals in the rearview mirror, the Miami University women's basketball team resumes play with a trip to the Windy City to take on Chicago State on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. (EST). Tim Bray has the call and the audio broadcast can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
OSBORN NOW NUMBER TWO IN SCORING: Senior guard Courtney Osborn scored 23 points in Miami's last game at Cleveland State to give her 1,729 points for her career. Her final point, a free throw late in the contest, moved her into second place on the RedHawks' all-time scoring list. She passed Heather Cusick (1999-03), who finished her career with 1,728 points. Osborn will now set her sights on becoming Miami's all-time leading scorer, a record currently held by Amanda Jackson (2003-08) with 1,979 points.
OLOWINSKI EVEN CLOSER TO REBOUND RECORD: A continuing storyline the past few games has been senior forward Kirsten Olowinski closing in on the Miami all-time rebounding record. The record is currently held by Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann with 923. Olowinski brought in eight caroms at Cleveland State last Saturday to bring her career total to 907. It is definitely in the realm of possibility that she could have 17 rebounds on Sunday as she has done it several times before. Seven times in her career Olowinski has brought in 17 or more rebounds in game, the last coming on Dec. 4 when she had 17 rebounds against Wright State.
ABOUT THE COUGARS: Chicago State is 1-8 on the season. The Cougars have lost six in a row, including a 68-44 decision to Rice in their last game on Thursday. Their only win this season was a 67-44 victory over NAIA school Indiana Northwest on Nov. 16. CSU's leading scorer has been sophomore guard Tierra Williams. She is averaging 9.2 points per game. Chicago State tends to struggle offensively, however. As it a team it only scores 47.0 points per contest.
SERIES WITH CHICAGO STATE: Miami has a 3-1 lead in the all-time series with Chicago State. The RedHawks won last season's meeting on Dec. 28, 2011 in Oxford, 74-60. Courtney Osborn tied a school record with 13 assists in that game. Maggie Boyer led Miami with 22 points, while Lillian Pitts had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
MIAMI VS. GREAT WEST: The Great West Conference was formally a football-only conference that expanded to all sports as a league for teams that were independent and wanted a conference affiliation. It does not provide an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, and as a result this is likely the last season for the conference as teams find new conference affiliation that does. Chicago State itself will be moving to the WAC next season. Miami holds a 4-1 record against the current five teams that make up the Great West Conference. In addition to their 3-1 record against Chicago State, the RedHawks are 1-0 vs. Texas-Pan American. Miami has never faced Houston Baptist, NJIT or Utah Valley.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: For the first time in school history, Miami will play regular season games outside of the United States when it travels to Cancun, Mexico to participate in the Caribbean Classic. The RedHawks will face Creighton on Friday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. (EST). They will then take on Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. (EST).