OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team returns home after a tough overtime loss to Western Michigan last Wednesday to host Kent State on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
ALUMNAE DAY: The RedHawks are hosting Alumnae Day on Saturday and expect over 20 former Miami players from many different eras to be in attendance. Several will participate in the Alumnae Game, which will take place at 10 a.m. at Millett and is open to the public. All the alumnae will be recognized at halftime of the game against Kent State.
HALEY LEADS IN ASSISTS: Senior guard Haley Robertson leads Miami with 39 assists this season. A valuable wing player over the past four seasons, she has started the last 44 games in a row. She has a chance to be the first non-point guard to lead the Red and White in assists since Lori Williams did it with 115 during the 1993-94 season.
BENCH COMES UP BIG AGAIN: Against Western Michigan on Wednesday, the Miami bench scored 43 of the RedHawks’ 75 total points. Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock led the way with a career-high 22 points, while junior guard Kindsay Brandt contributed 14.
ABOUT KENT STATE: Kent State is 3-14 overall and 0-6 in the MAC. Despite the record, the Golden Flashes have shown improvement over last season’s 3-27 squad both offensively and defensively. They have hit a bit of a slump lately though, dropping a 77-51 decision to Akron last Saturday and in their last game, falling to Central Michigan, 87-53. Kent State has been led offensively by junior forward Montia Johnson. She is averaging 9.2 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. Another key player is senior guard Amber Dunlap. She is averaging 8.8 points per game.
SERIES AGAINST KENT STATE: Kent State holds a very slim, 40-39, lead in the all-time series with Miami. The RedHawks have won four straight against the Golden Flashes however. Last season, MU had two dominating victories. On Jan. 27 in Kent, the ‘Hawks earned a 76-48 win. Kirsten Olowinski led Miami with 15 points, while Haley Robertson had 13, Maddie McCallie had 12 and Hannah McCue finished with 10 points. On Feb. 28 in Oxford, the Red and White used a strong defensive performance to defeat the Golden Flashes, 73-39. Courtney Osborn led the way with 17 points, while Olowinski finished with 10.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami hits the road for its next two games, starting with a Thursday contest at Buffalo beginning at 7 p.m. Bill Douglas has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.