CHICAGO - After a week off, the Miami University women’s basketball team heads to the Windy City for a Saturday matinee against UIC. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. (EST). Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
DOMINATING THE BOARDS: Miami is coming off its first win of the season, a 55-39 victory over Chicago State. One of the major reasons for the win was the ‘Hawks finishing plus-28 on the boards, outrebounding the Cougars, 54-28. It was the biggest rebounding discrepancy since Miami outboarded IPFW by 33, 58-25, on Nov. 22, 2008. The RedHawks went on to win that game, 73-57.
EVERYONE CONTRIBUTING: The Red and White have had contributions from basically everyone on the roster currently healthy enough to play through their first three games. Freshman forward Nicole Anderson leads Miami in both points at 12.3 per game and rebounds at 11.0 per game, but she is far from a one-person shop. Four other players in senior guard Hannah Robertson, freshman guard Jillian Spurlock sophomore forward Jessica Rupright and senior guard Haley Robertson each average 7.7 or more points per game. On the rebounding front, seven different players average two or more rebounds per game, with Anderson, Rupright, senior center Kelsey Simon and Spurlock each averaging 4.3 caroms or more per contest.
ABOUT THE FLAMES: The University of Illinois-Chicago is 2-2 on the season. The Flames dropped their first two games, but have won their last two after the return of star senior guard Rachel Story. She has averaged 22.5 points per contest since returning from injury, including scoring 27 points to lead UIC to an 88-65 victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Wednesday night. The Flames have scored an average of 75.0 points per game, with redshirt sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
Series with UIC: This will be only the second time in history that Miami and UIC have played each other. The Red and White earned a 61-57 win in the only meeting between the two schools, way back on Dec. 28, 1984 in Chicago. Dana Stuchul led the team with 19 points, while Miami Hall-of-Famer Tonia Stubbs had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
MIAMI VS. HORIZON LEAGUE: The Horizon League is made up of nine schools in the same geographical footprint as the MAC. With so many of the schools located relatively close to Miami, the RedHawks will often schedule them for non-conference tilts. Miami is an impressive 46-11 all-time against Horizon League schools. In addition to the 1-0 record against UIC, the RedHawks are 22-5 vs. Wright State, 7-1 vs. Cleveland State, 3-2 vs. Detroit, 1-0 vs. Green Bay, 1-1 vs. Milwaukee, 6-0 vs. Valparaiso and 5-3 vs. Youngstown State. The RedHawks have never faced Oakland.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami returns home for a pair of contests during the Thanksgiving week. On Tuesday, the RedHawks host Duquesne for a 7 p.m. game. That is a Dollar Day contest, and all tickets are only $1. On Sunday, Dec. 1, Miami welcomes Florida State to Millett Hall for a 2 p.m. contest. Tim Bray has the call on both games, which can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.