Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team is looking
for its first win after a heartbreaking overtime loss to Eastern Kentucky in
the opener Friday. The RedHawks will take the floor at Millett for the first
time in regular season as they welcome brand new Division I member Norther
Kentucky to Oxford Monday night at 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and it
can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
REDHAWKS IN HOME OPENERS: This
is the the 39th season of women's basketball at Miami. The RedHawks have been
good in their previous 38 home openers,
sporting a 22-16 record. In home openers that were not the first game of the
season, Miami is 13-10. Under head coach Maria Fantanarosa, the team is 9-5 in
its first game at Millett. Last season, the RedHawks cruised to an 81-56
victory over Massachusetts to begin the home portion of the schedule. Courtney Osborn led Miami with 25 points in that game.
FRESHMEN DEBUTS: Three
of Miami's four freshmen made their debuts on Friday with only Tamira Ford missing
it due to injury. Hannah McCue performed well off the bench, recording
six points and bringing in three rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Jessica Rupright scored two points and had two rebounds in nine minutes, while Maddie McCallie recorded one rebound in eight minutes.
ABOUT THE NORSE: Northern
Kentucky dropped its Division I debut to Cincinnati, 49-31, on the road Friday.
A longtime Division II power, the Norse are beginning a five-year transition
period to the Division I level this season as members of the Atlantic Sun
Conference. Last season they went 21-7 and made it to the First Round of the
NCAA Division II Tournament. NKU is under the direction of first-year head
coach Dawn Plitzuweit, and returns two starters from last season's team. It's
top returner is senior center Ellen Holton, who averaged 10.7 points per game
SERIES WITH NORTHERN KENTUCKY: NKU leads the all-time
series with Miami, 6-4. The teams have not met since the 1982 season however.
In the early days of women's college basketball since the teams were so close
by, they played each other often. When the NCAA took over administration of the
women's game, the divisional alignment also came into play so with Miami in
Division I and Northern Kentucky in Division II, the schools ended the series.
With the Norse joining Division I this season, the RedHawks are now able to
resume the rivalry. Miami won the last meeting between the schools, 81-65, on
February 17, 1982. Kris Livingston and Tonia Stubbs each had 12 points to lead the
Red and White in that game.
MIAMI VS. ATLANTIC SUN: The
Atlantic Sun is made up of 11 schools located in the Southeast,Tennessee and
Kentucky. The conference recently expanded by welcoming several schools that
have recently completed (or in the case of Norther Kentucky, currently in) the
transition from Division II to Division I. Because of the distance and relative
lack of Division I history in the conference, the RedHawks have very little
experience against Atlantic Sun Schools. In fact, other than the 10 games Miami
played against NKU over 20 years ago, the only other team the RedHawks have
face from the conference is Stetson. They have a 3-1 record all-time against
the Hatters. Miami has never faced Campbell, East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf
Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida or South
UP NEXT FOR THE REDHAWKS:
Miami continues its four-game homestand when it welcomes Robert Morris on
Thursday at 7 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it will be seen live on Miami
All-Access for those who have a subscription.