KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Miami University women’s basketball team hits the road for its second game against Western Michigan in the past 18 days on Wednesday. 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.
WESTERN MICHIGAN IN MAC WEST BUT WE PLAY THEM AGAIN?: The new 18-game MAC schedule requires teams to play repeat games against two teams from the other division this season. The location of the first six games against the MAC West Division were set to take place at the opposite site from where they were played last season. A computer than decided which of the RedHawks’ three home West Division opponents they would visit, and Western Michigan it was. It also determined that of Miami’s three MAC West Division road opponents, Toledo would visit Oxford. That rematch will take place on Feb. 6. The last time the RedHawks faced WMU twice in a season was during the 2007-08 year when they played in the regular season, and then met in the MAC Tournament. The time Miami faced the Broncos twice in the regular season was during the 1997-98 school year, when the MAC had a different format.
ANDERSON HITS 100 REBOUNDS: Freshman forward Nicole Anderson recorded her 100th rebound of the season on Saturday against Northern Illinois. The freshman record for rebounds in a season is 188, set by Kirsten Olowinski in 2010.
ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN: Western Michigan is 7-9 overall and 3-2 in the MAC. Since defeating the RedHawks 16 days ago, the Broncos have gone 2-2 in their last four games. That includes a 78-72 victory over Toledo in their last game on Saturday. WMU has picked up the offensive pace in league contests, averaging 75.6 points per game (the team has averaged 67.8 points per game overall this season). The Broncos are led by sophomore forward Miracle Woods. She is averaging 16.3 points per game. Another key player is junior forward Marquisha Harris. She is averaging 11.8 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game.
SERIES AGAINST WESTERN MICHIGAN: Miami holds a 33-25 lead in the all-time series with Western Michigan. The Broncos took an 88-78 victory in their last meeting on Jan. 4 in Oxford. The RedHawks were able to cut a 15-point deficit down to three with five minutes to go, but WMU hit its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Hannah Robertson had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Jillian Spurlock finished with 16 points for the ‘Hawks.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The RedHawks return home Saturday when they host Kent State at 2 p.m. The game is Alumni Day, and more than 20 former Miami players are scheduled to be in attendance. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, and seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.