OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team begins its MAC Tournament Championship quest as the sixth seed in 2013. It starts with a first round match against 11th seed Ohio Saturday at 2 p.m. in Millett Hall. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
TICKETS: Tickets for the MAC first round contest against the Bobcats will be $7 for adults and $5 for youths under 18. Fans can purchase online here. A rate of $3 is available for groups of 10 or more through advance sales only. Contact the ticket office at 1-513-529-4295 for more information. Students from both Miami and Ohio can get in free with their student ID.
SPECIAL CONCESSION PRICES: Miami will be offering a special concession deal at Saturday's game. Hot dogs, popcorn and a small drink will be only $1 each.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Miami has won this event twice before, in 1982 and 2008. The 2008 championship gave the 'Hawks their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. All-time the Red and White are 26-26 in MAC Tournament games. Last season, as the fourth seed, Miami received a bye to the quarterfinal round, where it eventually faced fifth-seed Central Michigan. The RedHawks led the majority of the first half and the game stayed even until the 10 minute mark of the second half, when the Chippewas went on a 13-0 run to take control. CMU eventually went on to win the game, 78-64.
SAME OPPONENT TWICE IN A ROW: After concluding the regular season against Ohio, the RedHawks open with the Bobcats in the MAC Tournament, creating a rare situation where the teams play two games in a row. The last time that happened for Miami was in the 1994-95 season, when the Red and White closed regular season play with a 76-64 loss at Kent State. It then hosted the Golden Flashes in the MAC Quarterfinals three days later, where Miami came away with a 77-71 win.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS: Ohio is 6-22 overall and finished 1-15 in the MAC. The Bobcats have lost their last four games in a row, including falling to Miami, 66-61, in both teams' regular-season finale on Wednesday. Ohio has struggled to score this season, as it averages only 54.6 points per game and has cracked the 60-point mark only eight times. It has been led offensively by junior guard Erin Bailes. She averages 10.9 points per game. Another key player is junior guard Shavon Robinson, who averages 10.2 points per contest. The Bobcats are good at forcing mistakes, causing opponents to turn the ball over 18.6 times per contest. Opponents have outrebounded them by an average of 8.6 caroms per game, however.
SERIES WITH OHIO: Miami holds a 51-25 lead in the all-time series with the Bobcats, and has won the last four meetings in a row. In their first meeting this season on Jan. 17 in Oxford, the RedHawks earned a 78-56 victory. Miami used a 29-6 run midway through the first half to break the game open. Kirsten Olowinski finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds, that double-double gave her the career record in that category. Hannah Robertson tied a career high with 21 points in the victory. On Wednesday in Athens, Courtney Osborn's 21 points and key three-pointer with 43 seconds to go led the 'Hawks to a 66-61 win.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami needs to win this game to advance further in the MAC Tournament. If the RedHawks are able to do so, they will take on the winner of the No. 7 Buffalo vs. No. 10 Northern Illinois game on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. That contest, and the remainder of the MAC Tournament will take place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.