BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Miami University women’s basketball team begins a tough stretch in which six of its next eight games are on the road. It starts with a game at Buffalo on Thursday at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, as well as ESPN3.com. Mike Cairns and Lyndsay Rowley will have the call. Bill Douglas’ audio call can also be heard on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
SPURLOCK JOINS STARTING LINEUP: After recording a career-high 22 points at Western Michigan last Wednesday, freshman guard Jillian Spurlock was rewarded with her first career start against Kent State on Saturday. The move paid off for the RedHawks, as she nearly recorded a double-double, finishing with 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She recorded all nine of her rebounds in the first half, bringing in 40.9 percent of Miami’s 22 total rebounds that period.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior Kelsey Simon recorded the second double-double of her career on Saturday with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She became the fourth different RedHawk to record a double-double this season, joining freshman forward Nicole Anderson (at Wright State and at Northern Kentucky), senior guard Hannah Robertson (at Western Michigan) and sophomore forward Jessica Rupright (vs. Chicago State).
ABOUT BUFFALO: Buffalo is 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the MAC. One of the hottest teams in the league, the Bulls have won four straight since beginning MAC play at 0-3. That includes a 63-59 victory at Ball State in their last game on Saturday. Buffalo was led by junior forward Kristen Sharkey in that game; she scored a career-high 36 points. She is nearly averaging a double-double for the Bulls this season, getting 14.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Buffalo’s leading scorer is sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing. She is averaging 16.6 points per contest.
SERIES AGAINST BUFFALO: Miami holds an 18-10 lead in the all-time series with Buffalo. The teams met three times last season with the Bulls winning two of the games. On Jan. 31 in Oxford, Buffalo took a 78-70 win. Hannah Robertson led Miami with 18 points, while Erica Almady contributed 17. The RedHawks returned the favor with a 69-56 win in Buffalo on Feb. 20. Courtney Osborn became Miami’s all-time leading scorer in that game, finishing with a team-high 19 points. On March 14, the teams met in the seond round of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland. After playing to a 30-30 tie at halftime, the Bulls used a second-half run to earn an 82-70 victory. Kirsten Olowinski led the RedHawks with 25 points in that game.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami’s road trip continues on Sunday when it travels to Eastern Michigan for a 2 p.m. start. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.