LONG BEACH, Calif. - With finals in the rear-view mirror, the Miami University women’s basketball team heads to sunny California for a pair of games. First up is a Tuesday contest at Long Beach State. Game time is scheduled for 10 p.m. (EST) and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
MIAMI IN PACIFIC TIME ZONE (PLUS HAWAII ONCE): Every season the RedHawks typically take a trip to another area of the country in order to play against teams that they would normally not get the opportunity to play against. Last season, Miami went to Cancun, Mexico to participate in a holiday tournament, two years ago the Red and White visited the Orlando, Fla. area around Thanksgiving, and the year before that they went to the Boston area. Every few years, the ‘Hawks try to head out west for their trip. This will be the 10th time Miami has taken a trip to a Pacific Time Zone or further location (one of the previous nine trips was to Hawaii). All-time the RedHawks are 8-11 on their western jaunts. The last time they went out west, Miami fell to Cal State Northridge, 68-50, on Dec. 20, 2009, and they followed that up with a 76-56 loss to Cal State Bakersfield two days later.
BALANCED MINUTES: Miami head coach Cleve Wright has used a fairly deep rotation this season, usually playing 10 or 11 players in each of the games. He keeps the players fresh and effective by limiting the amount of minutes each plays. Freshman forward Nicole Anderson leads the way with an average of 28.0 minutes per game, but she is one of an impressive 10 players who average 14.8 minutes per game or more.
ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE: Long Beach State is 5-3 overall. Prior to facing Miami, the 49ers will host San Diego on Friday. They are coming off a runner-up finish in the ASU Classic last weekend. They overcame a 23-point deficit to defeat Harvard, 72-67, on Saturday, Dec. 7. The next day, LBSU took host Arizona State to overtime before falling, 74-67. The 49ers are led by freshman forward Raven Benton. Despite coming off the bench in all but one game, she leads the team with an average of 13.0 points per contest. Another key player is junior guard Lauren Spargo. She averages 12.7 points per game, but has missed the last two games with an illness.
SERIES WITH THE 49ers: This is the first ever meeting between Miami and Long Beach State.
MIAMI VS. BIG WEST: The Big West is comprised of nine schools, eight of which are in the suburbs of Los Angeles and San Francisco (Hawaii is the ninth school). With trips to the West Coast rare for the RedHawks, the team has very little history against the teams from the Big West. In fact, the only team Miami has ever faced from the conference is Cal State Northridge, which they have a 1-1 all-time record against. In addition to Long Beach State, the RedHawks have never faced Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara or Hawaii.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami concludes its California road trip on Thursday, at 9 p.m. (EST), when the ‘Hawks travel to San Diego State. That game will be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.