OXFORD, Ohio - Fresh off enjoying turkey and all the holiday fixings, the Miami University women's basketball team plays the first of two games this weekend when it hosts College of Charleston on Friday at 6 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and an audio-only broadcast will be available on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
POST THANKSGIVING AT MIAMI: Fans can get their post-Thanksgiving dessert in Oxford with a great offer to see Miami athletics in action. For just $20, fans will be admitted to all five athletic contests being hosted by the RedHawks. The special package includes both Friday and Sunday's women's basketball contests, as well as Friday's home football finale vs. Ball State (1 p.m.), Saturday's men's basketball game vs. James Madison (noon) and Saturday's volleyball match against Cincinnati (4 p.m.).
In addition, fans will be given a voucher for free food and drink to be used at one of the venues. For more information, fans can call Miami's athletic ticket office at (513) 529-4295.
HOME NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS: The RedHawks have won their first two non-conference home games this season. That has continued the recent trend of success at Millett Hall against non-conference opponents. Last season, Miami was a perfect 8-0 against non-conference foes and now has a 13-game winning streak in that category. The last time the 'Hawks lost at home to a non-conference opponent was an 81-59 defeat on Nov. 24, 2010 to Duquesne.
ABOUT THE COUGARS: College of Charleston is 2-1 on the season. The Cougars defeated Coastal Carolina, 56-38, to begin the season and East Carolina, 76-66, in their last action on Saturday, Nov. 17. In between those two games they traveled to then second-ranked Connecticut, which defeated them, 103-39, on Nov. 11. Under a new coaching staff this season, all five starters and all eight letterwinners return from last season's squad. CofC has been led by senior center Latisha Harris. She is averaging 17.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Right behind her has been junior guard Alyssa Frye. She averages 16.3 points per contest.
SERIES WITH COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: Miami has won both meetings all-time with the Cougars. Like tonight's game, both previous meetings took place at Millett Hall. The team's last met on Dec. 20, 1999, with the RedHawks coming away with a 96-45 win. Four different players scored in double figures, led by AuBree Hamilton and Kelli Stamper with 12 points apiece.
MIAMI VS. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE: The Southern Conference is made up of 11 schools in the Deep South. The majority of the schools are in North Carolina, but the league also has schools in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Head Coach Maria Fantanarosa got her start in the Southern Conference, coaching Western Carolina during the 1997-98 season. Miami is 5-3 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference. In addition to their 2-0 record against College of Charleston, the RedHawks are 1-0 vs. Davidson, 1-1 vs. Appalachian State and 1-2 vs. Chattanooga. Miami has never faced Elon, Furman, Wofford, North Carolina-Greensboro, Samford, Western Carolina or Georgia Southern.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m. For fans that cannot make it to Millett Hall in person, it will be aired live on Miami All-Access' subscription-based service. The RedHawks will then travel to ninth-ranked Kentucky on Wednesday for a special 11 a.m. matinee.