MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - After a week-off to rest, the Miami University women’s basketball team travels to Mt. Pleasant Saturday for a game against Mid-American Conference leading Central Michigan at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call, and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
THIS COULD BE THE GAME FOR HANNAH: Senior guard Hannah Robertson scored six points against Bowling Green last Sunday. She now has 989 career points and needs only 11 more to become the 22nd player in Miami history to score 1,000.
MOVING UP STILL IN SIGHT: The RedHawks would currently be the 11th seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament if it began today. The chance to move up and host a first-round game (or even better) still exists because of a tightly bunched league. Miami is tied with Ohio at 3-8 and still has a game remaining against the Bobcats on March 8. Two teams (Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan) are only one game in front of the ‘Hawks at 4-7, while two more (Ball State and Western Michigan) are only two games in front at 5-6. Buffalo and Toledo are three games ahead of Miami at 6-5, with the Bulls currently holding the fourth seed, which would earn them a bye to the quarterfinals. Seeds five through eight will host seeds nine through 12 in the first round of the MAC Tournament on Monday, March 10.
ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Central Michigan is 15-8 overall and a perfect 11-0 in the MAC. The defending MAC Champions, it played a very difficult non-conference schedule, and used the experience to remain undefeated in the league so far. The Chippewas have an explosive offense, averaging 84.0 points per game. That ranks ninth in the country. They average 9.3 three-point makes per game, which ranks sixth. CMU is led by junior forward Crystal Bradford. An All-America candidate, she had her second triple-double of the season in the Chippewa’s 84-81 victory over Ball State last Wednesday. For the year she is averaging 19.8 points 11.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. She is one of four players averaging in double figures, including senior guard Niki DiGuilio, who averages 13.3 points per contest.
SERIES AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Miami holds a 31-24 lead in the all-time series with Central Michigan. The Chippewas have won two straight against the RedHawks, including a 72-60 victory in last season in Oxford on Feb. 16. The game was tight throughout, but CMU used a 10-3 run to pull away for the win. Courtney Osborn led three players in double figures for Miami with 19 points.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The annual “Class at the Court” contest comes up this Thursday when Miami takes on Ball State at 1:30 p.m. Over 1,500 elementary school students from Bogan, Kramer and Marshall Elementary Schools will be in attendance. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.