BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team hits the road for one of its toughest two-game stretches of the season against the two Mid-American Conference division leaders. First up is a game at MAC East Division-leading Bowling Green on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call, and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
LARSON DISHING OUT ASSISTS: Junior guard Courtney Larson has been finding her open teammates the past two games. After recording a career-high nine assists at Eastern Michigan this past Sunday, she followed it up with five more against Toledo on Thursday. She has taken over the team lead with 51 assists on the season and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.19.
HANNAH ONLY 17 AWAY: Senior guard Hannah Robertson scored nine points against Toledo on Thursday. She now has 983 career points and needs only 17 more to become the 22nd player in Miami history to score 1,000.
REBOUND MARGIN: As of Friday, Miami ranks 81st in the nation in rebounding margin at +4.2. That includes being +5.9 in MAC-only games, which ranks third in the league. The RedHawks have outrebounded their opponent in their past five conference games and in seven of their 10 games overall.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN: Bowling Green is 19-3 overall and leads the MAC East Division at 9-1. The Falcons are using an extremely efficient offense and a great defense to have one of their best seasons in recent history. BGSU is led by redshirt senior forward Alexis Rogers. She averages 14.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The Falcons have also had a breakout campaign from senior guard Jillian Halfhill. She is averaging 12.8 points per game. Bowling Green outrebounds teams by an average of 8.5 caroms per game, and its defense allows only 56.9 points per contest.
SERIES AGAINST BOWLING GREEN: Bowling Green leads the all-time series 44-27. Miami won both games against the Falcons last season, however, ending a seven-game winning streak by BGSU. On Jan. 24 in Bowling Green, the RedHawks held on for a 57-54 win in a hard-fought defensive battle. Courtney Osborn led MU with 14 points, while Erica Almady had 13 and Hannah Robertson scored 11. Robertson got a key offensive rebound on a missed free throw with six seconds left to secure the victory. On Feb. 23 in Oxford, Miami jumped on the Falcons early and came away with a 76-61 win. Osborn led the way with 33 points, while Almady contributed 13.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: There is no mid-week game for the RedHawks this week. Miami returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 15 when it travels to MAC-leading Central Michigan for a 2 p.m. game. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. The RedHawks’ next home game is their annual “Class at the Court” contest when they host Ball State on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.