OXFORD, Ohio - After six weeks and seven games on the road, the Miami University women's basketball team finally returns to Millett Hall to host Ohio for the annual "Battle of the Bricks" on Thursday 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.
LONG ROAD TRIP COMPLETE: Miami has finally returned home after a seven-game stretch of games away from Millett Hall. Its final five non-conference contests, as well as its first two Mid-American Conference matches were on the road. The stretch did not break the Red and White record for most consecutive away games because the two games at the Caribbean Classic were considered neutral site. The stretch did tie the record for most games in a row away from Millett Hall. Miami last played seven straight games on the road from Feb. 17 through Mar. 4, 1978. All seven of those games were true away games in the opposing team's gym, however.
DOLLAR DAYS RETURNS: As a welcome back treat to fans, the popular Dollar Days promotion returns. Fans can see RedHawks in person on Thursday for only $1 a ticket! In addition select concession items will be only $1.
There will also be Dollar Days games on Wednesday, Feb. 6 vs. Toledo and Thursday, Feb. 28 vs. Kent State. Both games will start at 7 p.m.
OSBORN OVER 500 ASSISTS: In Miami's win over Western Michigan on Sunday, senior guard Courtney Osborn recorded six assists. She became the third person in school history to have over 500 assists for her career, joining Heather Cusick (1999-03), who has 596, and Jenna Schone (2005-09), who has 560. Osborn now has 502 assists for her career.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS: Ohio is 5-9 on the season and 0-2 in the MAC. The Bobcats have struggled in both of their conference games, falling to Akron, 81-54, on Jan. 10 and to Buffalo, 73-36, on Jan. 13. They have been outrebounded by an average of 17.0 boards per game in the league so far. Prior to those games they defeated Xavier, 68-62, on Jan. 5. Ohio has been led offensively by freshman guard Kiyanna Black. She is averaging 11.5 points per game. The Bobcats are good at forcing turnovers; opponents average over 19 per game. They struggle to score however, shooting at a .332 percentage and averaging only 56.2 points per contest.
Series with OHIO: Miami holds a 49-25 lead in the all-time series with Ohio. The RedHawks won both meetings last season. On Jan. 15 in Athens, Miami jumped to an early lead before cruising to a 67-47 victory. Maggie Boyer led a balanced 'Hawks attack with 15 points. The game on Feb. 28 in Oxford was a grind-it-out defensive battle that went right down to the wire. Rachael Hencke would hit a running layup with 5.4 seconds remaining to give Miami a 51-49 win. Courtney Osborn led the RedHawks with 14 points.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami will host Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on STO, ESPN3 and Miami All-Access for fans that cannot be there in person. Prior to the game will be Kidsfest, which will feature clinics on the concourse from several Miami varsity and club sports. Doors will open at 12:30 so that kids can enjoy the clinics.