AKRON, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team hits the road as it travels to Akron Sunday for a game that will have huge implications as to which team will earn a top-4 seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on STO, as well as on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3, Mike Cairns and Jacki Windon will have the call. Tim Bray will have the audio call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
QUEST FOR A BYE: Miami currently stands at 9-5 in the MAC. If the league tournament began today, the RedHawks would be the fifth seed. The top two seeds earn byes to the semifinals, while seeds three and four earn byes to the quarterfinals. Seeds five through 12 will have to win five games in order to win the MAC Tournament. Miami must win its two remaining games to have a chance to move up to at least the fourth seed and earn a bye. Even if they are successful in winning both games the 'Hawks will have to see how the tiebreakers shake out. If Miami does not win both games, it will host a first round game on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in Millett Hall. Toledo currently holds the top seed at 13-1 and can wrap up the league regular season title with one more win. Ball State is second at 11-3. Central Michigan and Akron are each 10-4, but the Chippewas hold the tiebreaker and would be the three seed.
SCHOOL RECORD TIED IN LAST GAME: The RedHawks recorded 10 blocks against Kent State on Thursday, tying the single-game school record that has been set three times before: against Dayton (Dec. 12, 2009), vs. Northern Illinois (Feb. 4, 2006) and earlier this season against Nevada (Dec. 22, 2012).
ABOUT THE ZIPS: Akron is 19-8 overall and 10-4 in the MAC. The 19 wins is a new school record for the Zips. They have won two straight contests, including a 98-82 victory over Ohio on Thursday. Akron plays at a very fast pace and is the highest scoring team in the MAC with an average of 76.0 points per game. It allows its opponents an average of 66.4 points per contest. The Zips are highly reliant on a talented group of starters, as only six players play significant minutes for the team. They are led by redshirt junior forward Rachel Tecca, who leads the MAC with a 19.0 points per game average. Other key players include junior guard Hanna Luburgh, who averages 15.4 points per game and junior forward Sina King, who averages 15.0 points and a team-leading 8.5 rebounds per contest. Junior point guard Kacie Cassell averages 7.6 assists per game, which ranks second in the country.
SERIES WITH AKRON: Miami holds a 32-9 lead in the all-time series with the Zips. Akron broke a four-game losing streak to the RedHawks in their first meeting this season with an 84-77 win in Oxford on Feb. 9. The Zips broke a back-and-forth game open late with a 9-2 run that gave them a 77-71 lead. They hit their free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory. Erica Almady led four Miami players in double-figures with a career-high 20 points. The last time these two teams met in Akron was on Jan. 4, 2012. In that contest, the RedHawks came away with a 95-85 overtime victory. Courtney Osborn scored a school and MAC record 48 points to lead Miami to the win.
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS: Miami completes its regular season with the "Battle of the Bricks" as it travels to Athens Wednesday for a meeting with Ohio. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.