Thursday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 2/27/2013


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Ohio (6-19, 1-12 MAC) at Akron (18-8, 9-4 MAC)
7 PM • Ohio leads 34-15
• Ohio has kept its turnover numbers low over the past three games, committing fewer than its season average of 17.3 per game in contests against Western Michigan (14), Kent State (17), and Buffalo (14).
• Akron swept Kent State for the first time in school history Saturday, handing the Flashes a 77-71 decision at the M.A.C. Center on SportsTime Ohio.  The win gave UA the full point towards the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, and was the first time Akron had defeated Kent State on the road since Jan. 26, 1988, when UA  won 76-62.
Toledo (24-2, 12-1 MAC) at Western Michigan (9-17, 5-8 MAC)
7 PM • Toledo leads 47-19
• The Rockets, who are a conference-best No. 43 nationally in the latest RPI rankings, enter tomorrow’s division showdown in the midst of a 12-game win streak, tied for the fifth-longest unbeaten stretch in school history, following Sunday’s 76-63 come-from-behind triumph at CMU.
• Western Michigan features an attack paced by Marquisha Harris’ 8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.7 bpg and 0.8 spg. The Broncos are 4-12 away from home this season.
Eastern Michigan (7-19, 5-8 MAC) at Northern Illinois (7-19, 2-11 MAC)
7 PM • Eastern Michigan leads 29-9
• Junior Desyree Thomas is currently eighth in the EMU record book with 317 career assists. Stephanie Smiley (1998-02) holds the EMU standard with 577 helpers.
• Thursday night’s game begins a two-game homestand for Northern Illinois. The Huskies have played four of their last five games on the road, going 2-3 during that stretch. Northern picked up wins at Ohio, the first league victory, and at Kent State.
Kent State (3-23, 1-12 MAC) at Miami (16-10, 8-5 MAC)
7 PM • Miami leads 43-35
• The Flashes have stepped up their defense lately. Against Western Michigan on Feb. 7, Kent State allowed the Broncos to shoot just 32.3% from the field, the lowest the Flashes have allowed this season. 
• While there are only two seniors on this year’s RedHawk team, they will go down as two of the most accomplished in school history, holding some of program’s biggest records. Courtney Osborn is Miami’s all-time leading scorer, while Kirsten Olowinski is its all-time leading rebounder. 
Ball State (13-13, 10-3 MAC) at Central Michigan (16-10, 10-3 MAC)
7 PM • Series tied 33-33
• The Cardinals recently swept their Mid-American Conference series against Northern Illinois Saturday, Feb. 23 by a score of 64-54 in Worthen Arena.  Ball State moved into second place in the MAC standings after Central Michigan lost 76-63 to Toledo Sunday, Feb. 24.
• CMU will play its final home game of the 2012-13 season looking to become just the sixth team in program history to earn 10-plus home wins. The 1983-84 squad holds the program victory for home wins with 12.
Buffalo (9-17, 7-6 MAC) at Bowling Green (17-9, 8-5 MAC)
7 PM • Bowling Green leads 21-5
• Sophomore  Sloane Walton has had a breakout season for the Bulls, but she has saved her best performances for opposing MAC East gyms.  In games at Akron, Miami, Kent State and Ohio, Walton is averaging 12.8 points off the bench, converting on 14-of-28 from behind the arc
• The Falcons moved into a tie for the MAC East Division lead last week, but then dropped back into a deadlock for second place ... BGSU, after a midweek win over Akron (74-61 at the Stroh Center on Feb. 20), lost to a hot-shooting Miami team, 76-61, in Oxford on Saturday (Feb. 23) ... MU’s Courtney Osborn was 7-of-9 from three-point range en route to 33 points ... the RedHawks shot 55.8% for the game.