Saturday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 12/15/2012


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Cincinnati (6-2, 0-0 Big East) at Akron (7-2, 0-0 MAC)
2 PM • Akron trails 7-1
•  The Zips are averaging over 20 points more per game than the Bearcats (79.2 to 57.6), and have scored 80 or more points on four different occassions this season. On the flip side, Cincinnati has held its opponents under 50 points in five out of its first eight games.  Akron is outscoring opponents by an average of 22 points on its home floor.
Ohio (3-5, 0-0 MAC) at Marshall (5-4, 0-0 C-USA)
2 PM • Ohio leads 24-14
•  Ohio (3-5) is coming off a two-game winning streak which saw it earn important victories over Eastern Kentucky (69-58) and Morehead State (79-72 in OT). The Bobcats finished the final two games of their longest homestand of the 2012-13 season by collecting a combined 85 rebounds, successfully hitting 41 free throws, and sinking 13 shots from beyond the three-point arc.
Western Michigan (3-6, 0-0 MAC) at Michigan (8-2, 0-0 B1G)
2 PM • Western Michigan leads 17-11
•  Western Michigan and Michigan revisit their in-state rivalry for the first time since 2004 ... WMU is 3-6 on the season and is coming off a 80-38 win against Chicago State last Saturday, Dec. 8 ... the Broncos did not have a midweek game this week due to finals ... Michigan has won three in a row and is 8-2 on the year ... the Wolverines defeated Eastern Michigan Tuesday in Ypsilanti, 55-43.
Eastern Michigan (1-8, 0-0 MAC) at UMKC (4-6, 0-0 Summit)
2 PM • Eastern Michigan trails 12-8
•  This year’s non-conference schedule has left little room for error. Just ask EMU Head Coach Tory Verdi. Going into the season EMU’s non-conference strength of schedule was projected to be one of the hardest in the Mid-American Conference if not the country. EMU’s first nine opponents have a combined record of 56-24 (70.0 winning percentage) with five schools having already won seven games (Michigan State, Boston U., Harvard, Wyoming, and Michigan).
Toledo (7-1, 0-0 MAC) at Marquette (4-4, 0-0 Big East)
8 PM • Toledo trails 4-0
•  The Rockets are off to their best start since the 1996-97 campaign. That year UT started a perfect 8-0 and finished with an impressive 27-4 mark. Over the 39-year history of the program, Toledo has begun the season winning seven of its first eight games on four occasions.  UT, which is 3-1 away from home this season, features a balanced attack with senior Naama Shafir, junior Andola Dortch, senior Yolanda Richardson and sophomore Inma Zanouguera averaging 11.5 ppg, 9.6, 9.3 and 8.4 ppg, respectively.
Northern Illinois (3-4, 0-0 B1G) at DePaul (7-3, 0-0 Big East)
8 PM • Eastern Michigan trails 12-8
•  The Huskies are looking to end a two-game skid on the road to get back to .500 on the season. NIU is 1-3 on the road thus far, with the only win coming at Morehead State (76-46) to wrap up the Preseason WNIT.  NIU will also be looking to end a much larger streak -- an 18-game losing streak to DePaul. It’s been 18 years since NIU last topped DePaul 64-53 on Feb. 15, 1994 at the old Chick Evans Field House in DeKalb. Since then, the Huskies have changed coaches four times while Doug Bruno has remained at DePaul. The Blue Demons are 19-2 and have won 12 straight against NIU in Chicago.