Sunday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 3/3/2013


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Ohio (6-20, 1-13 MAC) at Bowling Green (18-9, 9-5 MAC)
7 PM • Bowling Green leads 52-21
• Junior guard Erin Bailes had a career night during Ohio’s 98-82 loss at Akron on Feb. 28. The native of Huntington, W.Va., con­nected on 12-21 field goals (including 7-11 from three-point range) to score a career-high 33 points. 
• Sunday marks ‘Senior Day’ for the BGSU women’s basketball program, as the Falcons’ four seniors will be recognized in ceremonies prior to tipoff between BG and Ohio ... that senior class consists of Simone Eli, Danielle Havel, Allison Papenfuss and Chrissy Steffen.
Central Michigan (16-11, 10-4 MAC) at Northern Illinois (7-20, 2-12 MAC)
7 PM • Central Michigan leads 22-21
• Sophomore Crystal Bradford put herself in special company Thursday, becoming just the third player in program history to record at least 20 rebounds. Bradford finished the night with 21 boards, the second best total in single-game history, while also scoring 20 points for her 12th double-double of the season.
• Sunday’s game against Central Michigan is senior day for Shaakira Haywood and Satavia Taylor. The lone four-year Huskie, Haywood has played in 115 games during her NIU career, including the last 35.
Western Michigan (9-18, 5-9 MAC) at Ball State (14-13, 11-3 MAC)
7 PM • Western Michigan leads 35-33
• Western Michigan has lost its last three games -- Central Michigan (53-77) Feb. 20, Eastern Michigan (73-69) Feb. 23 and Toeldo (75-42) Feb. 28.  The Broncos are led by Marquisha Harris, who is averaging 9.0 points per game and 5.7 rebounds.
• The game against the Broncos will be the Cardinals last regular season home game of the season.  Ball State will also pay tribute to its lone senior Shanee’ Jackson.  A Ball State win advances the Cardinals automatically to at least the third round of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, March 14.
Miami (17-10, 9-5 MAC) at Akron (19-8, 10-4 MAC)
7 PM • Miami leads 32-9
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• 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.
• Akron’s road win over Miami on Feb. 9 broke a four-game losing streak against the Redhawks. The Zips trail the all-time series with Miami, 9-32. UA fell in overtime to Miami last year at Rhodes Arena as Courtney Osborn poured in a career-high 48 points.
Eastern Michigan (8-19, 6-8 MAC) at Toledo (25-2, 13-1 MAC)
7 PM • Toledo leads 42-27
• The Eagles (8-19, 6-8 MAC) hopes of repeating as the MAC’s West Division Champions have been extinguished, but now the ideas of playing the spoiler and getting a better seed in the upcoming FirstEnergy MAC Tournament have taken root. 
• With a win against the Eagles, UT would hold at least a two-game lead over Ball State (14-13, 11-3 MAC) for the best overall mark in the league with only one regular-season contest remaining.
Kent State (3-24, 1-13 MAC) at Buffalo (9-18, 7-7 MAC)
7 PM • Kent State leads 26-5
• Ashley Evans has really stepped up her game in her last three times out on the court. Against Ohio on Feb 20, she had career highs in three-pointers and rebounds, finishing with three and six, respectively.
• Buffalo will honor its one senior before today’s game, Nicki Hopkins.  Despite coming in as part of a class of five, Hopkins is the lone senior in this year’s class and she has had quite the career, playing in over 100 games and putting her name in the school’s top 10 in three pointers made and three-point field goal percentage.