OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season when it takes the short trip up to the Nutter Center for a game against Wright State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
NEW FACES LEAD THE WAY: In the RedHawks’ season-opener against Eastern Kentucky, freshman forward Nicole Anderson tied with senior guard Hannah Robertson for the team scoring lead with 13 points. It was Robertson’s seventh time in her career leading Miami in scoring, while obviously it was Anderson’s first. For Miami to be successful this season, new players will need to step up. After Robertson, senior forward Erica Almady has led the ‘Hawks in scoring twice during her career. Anderson, senior forward Kelsey Simon and sophomore forward Jessica Rupright are the only other players to have ever led Miami in scoring in a game.
FRESHMEN AND DEBUTS IN GENERAL: Three players made their Miami debuts in the opener against EKU. Anderson had a fantastic opening game. In addition to her 13 points, she had seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 28 minutes. Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock added four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Cincinnati State tranfer, junior guard Kindsay Brandt contributed three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes during her debut.
ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Wright State is 1-0 on the season after defeating Southern Illinois, 67-64, on Friday. Junior guard Kim Demmings was the star for the Raiders, going for 31 points in the victory. The Raiders return four starters and eight total letterwinners from a squad that was 12-18 last season and finished fifth in the Horizon League with a 6-10 record. Demmings was a Second-Team All-Horizon League selection a year ago after averaging 19.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
SERIES WITH WRIGHT STATE: Miami holds a 22-4 record in the all-time series with Wright State and has won three straight against the Raiders. Last season, the RedHawks defeated Wright State 72-54 on Dec. 4. Miami jumped to a 13-0 lead to begin the game and never looked back. Courtney Osborn led for ‘Hawks in double figures with 16 points.
MIAMI VS. HORIZON LEAGUE: The Horizon League is made up of nine schools in the same geographical footprint as the MAC. With so many of the schools located relatively close to Miami, the RedHawks will often schedule them for non-conference tilts. Miami is an impressive 46-10 all-time against Horizon League schools. In addition to the 22-4 record against Wright State, the RedHawks are 7-1 vs. Cleveland State, 3-2 vs. Detroit, 1-0 vs. Green Bay, 1-1 vs. Milwaukee, 1-0 vs. UIC, 6-0 vs. Valparaiso and 5-3 vs. Youngstown State. The RedHawks have never faced Oakland.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami returns home on Saturday, Nov. 16 to host Chicago State at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and the game can be heard live on WMOH, as well as on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.