OXFORD, Ohio - Miami hosts Ohio in its regular season finale on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and it is part of a doubleheader that will see the men’s basketball team also take on the Bobcats at noon. The RedHawks’ five seniors will be honored prior to the game in a ceremony. Tim Bray has the call, and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those with a subscription.
THANK YOU SENIORS: Seniors Erica Almady, Kristin Judson, Haley Robertson, Hannah Robertson and Kelsey Simon have been a part of 58 wins during their four year careers at Miami (Judson for a total of 67 as she is a fifth-year senior). During their time here, the RedHawks made the postseason twice, both times appearing in the WNIT. They are only the sixth graduating class in Miami history to participate in two postseason appearances while a part of the Red and White (joining the classes of 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 2013).
TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS: Miami will be either the 10, 11 or 12 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. Currently Ohio and Kent State sport a 4-13 MAC record, one game against of the RedHawks, who are 3-14. Miami owns the tiebreaker against both of those schools and will be seeded ahead of them if they finish with the same record. Kent State closes the regular season with a game at Buffalo on Saturday. As for the opponent, several scenarios still exist depending on what seed the ‘Hawks finish as. There are still four potential first round opponents, with Western Michigan, Toledo and Ball State being the most likely (Buffalo is the other team that there is a mathematical chance of it being).
ABOUT OHIO: The Bobcats are 9-19 overall and 4-13 in the MAC. They have lost two in a row, and 12 of their past 13 games. That includes a 69-64 decision to Kent State in their last game on Wednesday. Ohio scores a lot of its points off of turnovers, forcing its opponents into 17.5 per game. It has been led offensively by sophomore guard Kiyanna Black. Despite coming off the bench most of the time, she averages a team-leading 13.6 points per game. Another key player is freshman guard Quiera Lampkins. She averages 10.7 points per contest.
SERIES AGAINST OHIO: Miami leads the all-time series with Ohio, 52-26. The Bobcats broke a five-game losing streak to the RedHawks with a 97-79 victory in Athens on Jan. 9. Ohio jumped to an early lead and used 13 three-point baskets to hold off Miami. Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock led four ‘Hawks in double figures with a career-high 20 points.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The MAC Tournament is up next for Miami. The RedHawks will be on the road Monday for a first round game at a campus site to be determined. With a victory, Miami advances to play Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where the remainder of the tournament will be held beginning with the second round on Wednesday. Tim Bray will have an audio broadcast of all the RedHawks’ MAC Tournament games on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.