ATHENS, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team travels to Ohio for the first of two “Battle of the Bricks” meetings this Thursday. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. WMOH will join the game in progress at the conclusion of John Cooper’s HawkTalk.
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO IMPROVING: The RedHawks are sharing the ball more and turning it over less as they get used to head coach Cleve Wright’s system and their roles in it. In Miami’s last four games, the Red and White have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.82, a 0.20 improvement over the first eight games.
DEEP ROTATIONS: Miami has used one of the deepest rotations in the MAC this season, having played 10 or more players in every game. Each of the players is getting a chance to contribute as well. In eight of the RedHawks’ 12 games the player who played the 10th-most amount of minutes in that contest was on the floor for at least eight minutes. Considering injuries and the usual rotation shuffling that goes on throughout any season, Miami now has 10 players that average 13 or more minutes per game this year (eight of which have appeared in all 12 games).
SPURLOCK MOVES INTO NATIONAL RANKINGS: Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock has moved into 24th place in the nation in free throw percentage as of Monday. She is hitting 88.2 percent (30-for-34) of her free throws on the season.
ABOUT OHIO: Ohio is 5-7 on the season and 0-1 in the MAC. The Bobcats dropped their conference opener to Northern Illinois, 74-51, on Saturday. Under head coach Bob Bolden, OU joins Miami as the only MAC teams with new head coaches this season. The Bobcats have been led by sophomore guard Kiyanna Black. Despite coming off the bench, she lead the team with an 11.4 scoring average. Junior guard Mariah Byard also averages in double figures, scoring 10.4 points per game.
SERIES AGAINST OHIO: Miami leads the all-time series with Ohio, 52-25. The RedHawks have won five straight against the Bobcats, including all three meetings last season. On Jan. 17 in Oxford, Miami came away with a 78-56 win. Hannah Robertson scored a career-high 21 points to lead the ‘Hawks. On March 6 in Athens, a three-pointer from Courtney Osborn in the final minute broke a tie and led Miami to a hard-fought, 66-61, win. The teams met again three days later in the MAC First Round in Oxford. Osborn scored 39 points to help the RedHawks take an 83-61 victory.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami travels to Toledo on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest. Tim Bray has the call, and it will air live on WMOH, as well as on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. For RedHawk fans living in the Northern Ohio area, it will air live on the BCSN network.