OSBORN HONORED BEFORE GAME: Senior point guard Courtney Osborn became Miami's all-time leading scorer after finishing with 19 points in the RedHawks game at Buffalo Wednesday night. Fans should arrive early for Saturday's contest as there will be a pregame ceremony recognizing this historic accomplishment.
NEXT UP 2,000: Osborn finished the game against the Bulls with 1,995 career points. She needs only five more points to become the first RedHawk women's basketball player, and only the 12th female in MAC history to break the 2,000-point barrier. Ron Harper (2,377 points) is the only Miami player, man or woman, to record more than 2,000 points.
PLEDGE YOUR HELP: The RedHawks are holding a pledge drive based on the number of rebounds they can bring in against Bowling Green. Fans can make a straight dollar amount donation, or a per rebound donation. For example if a fan pledges $5 per rebound and Miami brings in its average of 39 rebounds in the game against the Falcons, then that fan would donate $195. Pledge sheets are available at MURedHawks.com, at the Miami Athletic Ticket Office and with any Miami usher during the game.
BID ON PINK JERSEYS: Once again Miami will be wearing its pink jerseys in support of the fight against breast cancer. Visit MURedHawks.com for a chance to bid on each of these game-worn jerseys. In addition to the numbers of the 12 players on the RedHawk roster, alternate jersey numbers 21 and 23 are also available for bid. Money raised in both the pledge drive and the auction will go to Play4Kay.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: Bowling Green is 17-8 overall and tied for first in the MAC East Division at 8-4. The Falcons have won two straight games, including a 74-61 decision over Akron on Wednesday that pulled the two teams into a share of the division lead, one game in front of Miami. BGSU is very balanced offensively, but it is led in scoring by senior guard Chrissy Steffen at 12.0 points per game. Another key player is junior forward Alexis Rogers. She averages 10.9 points and a team-leading 6.5 rebounds per contest. The Falcons usually earn their victories on the defensive side of the floor, as they hold opponents to an average of only 53.8 points per game.
SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons hold a 44-26 lead in the all-time series with Miami. The RedHawks broke a seven-game losing streak to BGSU with a 57-54 win in Bowling Green on Jan. 24. Miami fell behind early, 11-2, only to come back and build an 11-point lead at 34-23. The Falcons fought back and eventually tied the score at 47, but the 'Hawks would not let them go in front. Hannah Robertson came up with a key offensive rebound off a missed free throw with five seconds left to secure the victory.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: The final home game of the regular season comes next Thursday when Miami hosts Kent State at 7 p.m. Come early as prior to the game will be the annual Senior Night ceremony where Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski will be honored for their incredible four-year careers. Tim Bray has the call and it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.