OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team hosts Buffalo on Thursday for a special noon tip. It is the second annual "Goals for Life" game and will see the entire Talawanda Middle School in attendance. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
GOALS FOR LIFE: The women's basketball team's "Goals for Life" is another extension of the Miami University/Talawanda School District partnership. Expanding on the principles of Class at the Court, the RedHawks pair with several on-campus groups to provide educational programming for the middle schoolers. In the morning, the sixth graders will have a leadership panel led by Miami ice hockey head coach Enrico Blasi and the ROTC. The seventh graders will come to Millett Hall to meet with the Buck Rogers leadership academy about proper uses of social media to create a positive environment. The eighth graders will receive an admissions tour of Miami to learn what a college campus is like. All three grades will the gather at Millett at noon to enjoy the game.
OSBORN 100 POINTS AWAY: Senior guard Courtney Osborn is now at 1,880 career points ranking second all-time. So far this season she has passed a pair of Miami Hall-of-Famers in Mary Ann Myers (1978-82), who is now fifth on the list with 1,600 career points, and Monica Niemann (1991-95), who is now fourth with 1,608 career points, as well as Heather Cusick (1999-03), who ranks third all-time with 1,728 points. The countdown has now reached exactly 100 points to break the Miami all-time scoring record of 1,979 points, which is held by Amanda Jackson (2003-08).
ABOUT THE BULLS: Buffalo is 6-13 overall and 4-2 in the MAC. After struggling in non-conference play, the Bulls have significantly improved since league play began, and have already matched last season's four MAC wins. In its last game, Buffalo defeated Western Michigan, 63-44, on Saturday. The Bulls recently lost leading scorer Rachael Gregory to a season-ending knee injury, but still have a balanced offensive attack led by freshman guard Mackenzie Loesing at 9.9 points per game. The secret to their success in MAC play so far has been improvement on the defensive end of the floor. Buffalo is allowing only 52.5 points per game to its conference opponents.
THE SERIES WITH BUFFALO: Miami holds a 17-8 lead in the all-time series with the Bulls, and has won eight of the last nine meetings. The RedHawks swept both games last season, starting with a 72-51 victory in Oxford, on Jan. 7. Miami led the entire game with Courtney Osborn finishing with 23 points. Kirsten Olowinski had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds in that contest. On Feb. 18 in Buffalo, the 'Hawks found themselves trailing by one at halftime. They would then come out and dominate the second half to earn a 66-50 win. Olowinski had one of the best games of her career, finishing with 22 points and a career-high tying 19 rebounds.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami hits the road to take on Northern Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. (EST). The game will be broadcast live on STO and ESPN3. Mike Cairns and Jacki Windon will have the call. Tim Bray's audio broadcast can be heard on WMOH, as well as on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.