KENT, Ohio - Coming off a huge road victory at Bowling Green that gave it an early lead in the Mid-American Conference East Division race, the Miami University women's basketball team will travel to take on another MAC East rival in Kent State on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
ONE LAST LOOK AT BOWLING GREEN GAME: Thursday's victory broke a seven-game winless streak against the Falcons. Seniors Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski had yet to beat Bowling Green and both played tremendous games to make sure that came to an end. Osborn led the team with 14 points and had one of the key plays of the game when she was able to shot-fake to avoid a block and still get her shot off before the shot clock expired. Despite it being off balance, Osborn's shot was able to graze the rim, where it bounced into the arms of Olowinski who was then fouled. That was one of seven offensive rebounds the senior forward had in the contest. She finished with 15 rebounds as she became the first Miami and sixth MAC player to pass the 1,000 mark.
UNDER 60 MEANS A WIN: Miami held the Falcons to 54 points on Thursday. The RedHawks improved to 12-0 in games where they have held their opponents under the 60-point mark. After giving up an average of 71.8, 75.0 and 63.8 points per game the past three seasons, the Red and White are only giving up 57.8 points per game in 2012-13, which ranks 85th among all NCAA Division I teams.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN FLASHES: It has been a struggle for Kent State under a new coaching staff this season. The Golden Flashes are 2-16 overall and 0-5 in the MAC. They fell to Eastern Michigan, 64-45, in their last game on Thursday. KSU has been offensively challenged, averaging 51.9 points per contest. It is led by senior Tamzin Barroilhet, who averages 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Another key player is senior Trisha Krewson. She averages 8.7 points per game.
SERIES WITH KENT STATE: This will be the 78th meeting between Miami and Kent State. The RedHawks have faced the Golden Flashes more than any other opponent. Kent State has a 40-37 lead in the all-time series, but Miami won both meetings last season. On Jan. 11 in Oxford, the 'Hawks took a 73-55 victory. Courtney Osborn led three players in double figures with 20 points. It was a much tougher battle on Feb. 15 in Kent. Miami trailed 46-35 with 11:27 remaining before battling back to send the game into overtime. The RedHawks would then outscore the Golden Flashes, 12-8, in the extra session to earn a 69-65 win. Hannah Robertson had 21 in that game, while Osborn contributed 16.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami will host Buffalo in its next game on Thursday. It will feature a special start time of noon, as it is the second annual "Goals for Life" contest. The RedHawks will host Talawanda Middle School on campus for activities that will help them prepare for the future, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a basketball game. Tim Bray will have the call and it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.