OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team begins a new era when it hosts Eastern Kentucky on Friday for a special noon tip. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
REDHAWKS IN OPENERS: This is the beginning of the 40th season of women’s basketball at Miami. The RedHawks will be looking to even their record in season openers, as they currently have a 19-20 record in their previous 39 opening games. Last season, facing this same Eastern Kentucky team on the road, Miami fell in overtime, 73-63. This is the 23rd time the ‘Hawks have begun a season at home. They are 15-7 in their previous 22 home season openers when it was the first game of the season.
HOW ABOUT HOME OPENERS?: In home openers overall (some of which were not the first game of the season), Miami sports an impressive 23-16 record. Last season, the RedHawks defeated Northern Kentucky, 63-52, in their first game of the year at Millett Hall.
HANNAH LOOKS TO MAKE HER MARK: Senior guard Hannah Robertson was honored by the Mid-American Conference coaches recently by being named to their All-MAC East Division Preseason Team. She enters the 2013-14 season with 718 career points and is looking to become only the 22nd player in the 40-year history of Miami women’s basketball to crack 1,000 points.
ABOUT THE COLONELS: Eastern Kentucky University is coming off an 18-12 campaign with an 11-5 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. It earned a berth in the 2013 WBI Tournament, where it fell in a first round game to Elon. While eight letterwinners return for the Colonels, only one of them was a starter last season. However, it was their best overall player in senior guard Marie Carpenter. Last season she averaged 14.1 points per game and shot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc. Overall, only 28 percent of the scoring from last season’s team returns.
Series with EKU: The Colonels hold a 7-4 lead in the all-time series with the RedHawks. Last season in Richmond, Eastern Kentucky escaped with a 73-63 victory in overtime on Nov. 9. After Miami led the majority of the first half, the teams traded the lead seven times during the second half. With 10 seconds remaining and the Colonels up by three, 61-58, Kirsten Olowinski hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to send the game into overtime. In the extra session the teams traded baskets in the first minute, but Miami went cold and did not score again, allowing EKU to win by 10.
MIAMI VS. OVC: The Ohio Valley Conference is made up of 12 mid-size schools located in the states of Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Alabama. Miami has an 11-16 record all-time against schools in the current makeup of the OVC. In addition to the 4-7 record against EKU, the RedHawks are 2-0 vs. Austin Peay, 1-1 vs. Belmont, 1-4 vs. Eastern Illinois, 2-1 vs. Morehead State, 1-2 vs. Murray State and 0-1 vs. Tennessee Tech. Miami has never faced Jacksonville State, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Tennessee State or Tennessee-Martin.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami travels to Wright State on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip. The game can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. Tim Bray has the call. The RedHawks return home on Saturday, Nov. 16 to host Chicago State at 2 p.m.