OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team welcomes Northern Illinois to Millett Hall Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest. The game is a Dollar Days contest, and admission is only $1. Select concession items are only $2 each. Bill Douglas has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
LOW TURNOVERS LEAD TO WINS: The RedHawks had a season-low 11 turnovers in their 79-76 victory over Akron on Wednesday. Protecting the basketball has been one of the key factors in the majority of their wins this season. Miami had only 14 turnovers in its victory over Youngstown State (Dec. 4) and 15 in a win over Cleveland State (Dec. 29), its previous two-best turnover performances.
MIAMI OFFENSE IS WORKING HARD: The Miami offense has now scored 78 or more points in four of its last five games. The team only scored 78 or more in two games last season and eight combined in the previous two years. The RedHawks are currently averaging 67.3 points per game, an average that has steadily increased as the season has gone on. The last time Miami averaged more than 70 points a game for a season was 2007-08, when it averaged 71.4 points per game.
KNOCKING THEM DOWN FROM CHARITY STRIPE: In the RedHawks’ last two games, they are 42-for-49 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line. Miami currently leads the MAC in free throw percentage for the season at 75.5 percent.
ABOUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Northern Illinois is 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. In their last game, the Huskies took preseason MAC favorite Central Michigan down to the wire before dropping a 65-60 decision. The team is much improved from last season, as they have already matched the win total from last year’s 2-14 MAC campaign. NIU has been led by junior guard Amanda Corral. She is averaging 14.9 points per game. Another key player is junior forward Natecia Augusta. She is averaging 10.1 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds per contest. The Huskies pride themselves on playing strong defense. Opponents are only shooting 38.9 percent against them on the season, and only 26.4 percent from three-point range.
SERIES AGAINST NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Miami holds a 16-14 lead in the all-time series with the Huskies. The RedHawks broke a two-game losing streak to NIU with a 65-51 victory in DeKalb last season. Courtney Osborn led Miami with 25 points, while Kirsten Olowinski had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami is on the road for its next game as it travels to Kalamazoo Wednesday for a rematch against Western Michigan. Game time is 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. The RedHawks return home next Saturday when they host Kent State at 2 p.m. That game is alumni day, and more than 20 former Miami players are scheduled to be in attendance.