Saturday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 2/16/2013


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Central Michigan (14-9, 8-2 MAC) at Miami (14-9, 6-4 MAC)
1 PM • Miami leads 31-23
• The Chippewas play their final MAC East opponent Saturday. CMU is 4-1 versus the East Division this season and has scored 81 points per game during cross-divisional play.
• This could be a historic game for senior guard Courtney Osborn. She finished with 18 points against Akron last Saturday and now has 1,957 for her career. She is second on the RedHawks’ career scoring list, and needs only 23 points to break the Miami all-time scoring record of 1,979 points set by Amanda Jackson (2003-08).
Buffalo (7-16, 5-5 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (6-17, 4-6 MAC)
2 PM • Eastern Michigan leads 13-5
• Redshirt junior Cherridy Thornton had the best game of her brief Buffalo career on Sunday at Central Michigan, scoring 22 points against the Chippewas.  Playing in her home state for the first time in a UB uniform, Thornton went 6-for-7 from the free throw line and also had two assists and three steals.
• Freshman Bianca Cage has found Mid-American Conference play to her liking. Through seven games the Memphis, Tenn. native is averaging a team-best 13.0 points per game and a 42.7 percent shooting clip. 
Kent State (3-20, 1-9 MAC) at Toledo (21-2, 9-1 MAC)
2 PM • Toledo leads 36-28
TV Coverage: BCSN
• Kent State brings momentum into Saturday’s game after a close 52-47 loss at home against Northern Illinois. O’Banion described the contest as a “game of inches,” with either team able to sway momentum at any moment. The Flashes, unfortunately, came out on the losing end, desite shooting a season second-best 86.7% from the foul line in 15 attempts.
• The Rockets, who are off to their best start in school history, maintain a one-game lead over Central Michigan (14-9, 8-2 MAC) and Ball State (11-12, 8-2 MAC) in the overall standings.
Bowling Green (15-8, 6-4 MAC) at Northern Illinois (7-16, 2-8 MAC)
4 PM • Bowling Green leads 17-12
• Believe it or not, the NIU game marks BGSU’s first Saturday game in two and a half months ... the Falcons’ last game on a Saturday came on Dec. 1 ... heading into this weekend, BG has played nine Sunday games and only three Saturday games this season.
• NIU enters play looking to extend its modest winning streak to three games. The Huskies defeated Ohio, 73-52, Feb. 6 for its first conference victory of the season and posted a 52-47 win over Kent State Feb. 10. Both victories came on the road.
Western Michigan (8-15, 4-6 MAC) at Ohio (5-17, 0-10)
4 PM • Ohio leads 27-24
TV Coverage: SportsTime Ohio/ESPN3
• Western Michigan enters Saturday’s game the owner of an 8-15 record which includes a 4-6 mark in Mid-American Con­ference play. The Broncos began a three-game losing streak to end January, but have since won two games in a row over Kent State (58-40) and Bowling Green (55-54).
• Ashley Fowler recorded the 300th assist of her career on Jan. 31 at Toledo. The senior point guard has dished out 310 assists in her career, a figure which currently ranks 8th all-time.
Ball State (11-12, 8-2 MAC) at Akron (16-7, 7-3 MAC)
5 PM • Ball State leads 11-17
• The Cardinals are looking for their fourth straight road win this season when Ball State travels to Akron Saturday at 5 p.m. in Rhodes Arena.  The Cardinals still top the charts in the Mid-American Conference standings, holding the second overall spot with a overall record of 11-12 and an 8-2 league record.  
• Akron is currently on a four-game win streak after posting wins over Bowling Green (68-63) Jan. 31, Buffalo (75-57) Feb. 2, Eastern Michigan (82-81) Feb. 6 and Miami (84-77) Feb. 9. The Zips have three players currently averaging double figures Rachel Tecca (18.9), Hanna Luburgh (16.0) and Sina King (14.7).