BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team hits the road for an important early season showdown with Bowling Green on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tim Bray's call can be heard Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. For RedHawk fans living in the Northern Ohio area, the game will also be broadcast live on BCSN2.
OLOWINSKI ONLY SIX REBOUNDS AWAY: Senior forward Kirsten Olowinski made a good run at becoming the first career RedHawk with 1,000 career rebounds at home on Sunday, but she finished just a little short. Now with 994 rebounds, she needs only six on Wednesday to reach the mark. She would also become the sixth player in Mid-American Conference history to record 1,000 rebounds.
SEPARATION ALREADY SHOWING: The Mid-American Conference season is only four games old, but already some separation is showing between the top and bottom of the league. There are no teams with a record of 2-2, as seven teams are 3-1 are better, while the other five are 1-3 or worse. Central Michigan is the only 4-0 team, while Miami, Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo, Ball State and Buffalo are each 3-1. Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan are both 1-3, while Ohio, Kent State and Northern Illinois are still looking for their first victories at 0-4.
FREE THROW RECORD CLOSE FOR OSBORN: Senior guard Courtney Osborn is now second all-time at Miami with 453 made free throws. She needs 12 more to break the record of Amanda Jackson (2003-08), who made 464 during her time with the RedHawks.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: Longtime assistant Jennifer Roos has taken over at Bowling Green this season. So far she has led the Falcons to a 12-5 overall record and 3-1 mark in the MAC. They defeated Ohio, 67-41, in their last game on Sunday. Bowling Green has won its games with a dominant defense this season, and it is allowing only 41.0 points per game in its four MAC games. No conference team has scored more than 48 points against the Falcons. Senior guard Chrissy Steffen leads the way for BGSU, averaging 11.2 points per game. Another key player has been junior forward Alexis Rogers. She averages 10.4 points and a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per contest.
SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons hold a 44-25 lead in the all-time series with Miami and have won seven straight against the RedHawks. Miami was close in both meetings with Bowling Green last season, but fell just short both times. On Jan. 19 in Oxford, the RedHawks fell behind early by double figures, but came back to take a 52-49 lead late in the second half. They were unable to hold the advantage as the Falcons were able to squeak by with a 61-58 victory. Hannah Robertson led Miami with 19 points, while Kirsten Olowinski had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. On Feb. 25 in Bowling Green, the 'Hawks would again fall behind by double figures before pulling to within seven late. BGSU would hit its free throws down the stretch to secure a 64-55 win. Courtney Osborn led Miami with 21 points in that contest.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami continues its two-game road trip when it visits Kent State on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Tim Bray's call can be heard live on WMOH as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.