OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team begins a three-game homestand when it welcomes current Mid-American Conference co-leader Toledo to Millett on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call, and it can be seen on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
MILITARY APPRECIATION/DOLLAR DAYS: This game is the women's basketball team's Military Appreciation Game. All active, reserve and veteran members of the United States Military will be admitted for free courtesy of head coach Maria Fantanarosa. For all other fans, the popular Dollar Days promotion is back. All tickets are only $1, with select concession items also priced at $1.
MAC AT HALFWAY POINT: The MAC has reached its halfway mark, and a competitive race has emerged. Toledo, Central Michigan and Ball State are tied for the MAC West Division and overall lead at 7-1. Miami is right behind and leading the MAC East at 6-2. Akron, Bowling Green and Buffalo are also in contention with 5-3 records. Eastern Michigan is 3-5, Western Michigan is 2-6 and Kent State is 1-7, while Ohio and Northern Illinois round things out at 0-8.
OSBORN SCORING COUNTDOWN: Senior guard Courtney Osborn scored 25 points in her last game against Northern Illinois (Feb. 4) and now has 1,918 for her career. She is second all-time on the RedHawks' career scoring list, and needs 62 points to break the Miami all-time scoring record of 1,979 points set by Amanda Jackson (2003-08).
OSBORN FREE THROWS: In the win over Northern Illinois on Sunday, Osborn made five free throws to give her 464 for her career. That ties her with Jackson for the all-time Miami record. The next free throw she makes gives her the record by herself.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS: Toledo has matched its best start in school history with a 19-2 record and is receiving votes in the latest AP Poll. The Rockets are also 7-1 and tied for the MAC overall lead. They have won seven straight since dropping a 73-66 decision to Central Michigan on Jan. 10. That includes a 65-54 victory over Western Michigan in their last action on Feb. 3. Toledo is led by redshirt senior guard Naama Shafir. She is averaging 12.0 points and 5.1 assists per game. Other key players include junior guard Andola Dortch, who averages 11.6 points per game, and senior center Yolanda Richardson, who averages 9.3 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per contest. The Rockets are a very strong squad defensively, allowing only 52.4 points per game. That average drops to 49.8 points per game in MAC contests.
SERIES WITH TOLEDO: Toledo holds a 31-25 lead in the all-time series with Miami, and has won four straight meetings. Last season, the Rockets took a 79-66 decision on Jan. 25 in Toledo. It started off great for the RedHawks as they jumped to a 16-3 lead and took a 29-28 advantage into halftime. Miami could not overcome a hot-shooting Rocket squad in the second half as Toledo pulled away for the win. Maggie Boyer led the 'Hawks with 20 points in the contest, while Courtney Osborn contributed 17 points.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami continues its homestand when it welcomes Akron to Millett Hall on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. While the game is still part of a doubleheader with the men's team, note the new starting time. That is due to the men's basketball game against Akron being moved to 1 p.m. for TV purposes. Tim Bray will have the call, and it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.