PITTSBURGH - After two weeks off, the Miami University women's basketball team returns to action with its final non-conference game before Mid-American Conference play begins next week. The RedHawks will head to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne Saturday at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and an audio broadcast can be heard live on WMOH or on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
OLOWINSKI IS TOP REBOUNDER IN SCHOOL HISTORY: As expected, while in Mexico senior Kirsten Olowinski became the all-time leading rebounder in Miami history, breaking the record of 923 set by Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann (1991-95) late in the game against Creighton. She followed that up with 14 rebounds against Nevada, and now has 938 during her four-year career. The countdown is now at 62 for Olowinski to become the first RedHawk to record 1,000 career rebounds.
OSBORN THREE-POINT RECORD: Senior guard Courtney Osborn is on the cusp of becoming Miami's all-time three-point leader. After sinking six in two games in Mexico, she now has 236 for her career, only one off the record of 237 held by Jenna Schone (2005-09).
LONG TIME BETWEEN GAMES: When the RedHawks take the court against Duquesne it'll have been exactly two weeks since Miami last played a game. The 14-day break is the longest in-season break since 1989, when it had a 15-day break between a Dec. 13 contest at Cincinnati and a Dec. 28 game against Pennsylvania.
ABOUT THE DUKES: Duquesne is 11-2 on the season. It was receiving votes in the latest AP Poll released on Dec. 31. The Dukes had their 10-game winning streak snapped in their last game when they fell to Delaware, 60-45, in the championship of the Blue Sky Classic on Dec. 30. A team that has only scored 70 points in a game twice this season, Duquesne has found its success on the defensive end. The Dukes only give up an average of 50.5 points per contest and have yet to give up more than 62 points in any game this season. They are balanced offensively with four players averaging 9.1 points per game or more. Duquesne is led by junior forward Wumi Agunbiade, who averages 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jocelyn Floyd averages 9.1 points per game and leads the nation with an average of 5.08 steals per game.
SERIES WITH DUQUESNE: The Dukes have won both meetings all-time with the RedHawks, which have come during the past two seasons. Last season, on Dec. 6, 2011, it came down to the wire in Pittsburgh. Trailing, 64-57, with 3:17 remaining, Miami would hold Duquesne off the board for the remainder of the game with a tenacious defense. The RedHawks would hit three baskets over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to one at 64-63 and had an opportunity under to win the game with 10 seconds remaining. Miami got two tries at it off of out-of-bounds plays, but both times its shot rimmed out and the Dukes held on for the one-point win.
MIAMI VS. ATLANTIC 10: Having realigned significantly over the past 10 years, the Atlantic-10 conference consists of 16 schools from all over the eastern half of the United States, including local rivals Dayton and Xavier. Miami is 41-36 against A-10 schools, with 46 of those games having been against the Flyers (13-16 all-time) and the Musketeers (10-7 all-time). In addition to their 0-2 record against Duquesne, the RedHawks are also 10-3 against Butler, 1-2 against La Salle, 1-0 versus Rhode Island, 0-1 against St. Bonaventure, 3-1 versus Saint Louis, 2-1 vs. Duquesne, 0-1 vs. Richmond and 1-2 vs. Temple. Miami has never faced Charlotte, Fordham, George Washington, Saint Joseph's or VCU.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: It's time for MAC play as the RedHawks will head to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.