You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

RedHawks to open MAC women’s tourney against Bobcats

The start of the Mid-American Conference tournament finds Miami University’s women’s basketball team staring at a very familiar opponent.

The RedHawks ended the regular season with a 66-61 victory at Ohio on Wednesday. Now the Bobcats are invading Millett Hall today to kick off postseason play at 2 p.m.

“It’s an OU team that does not quit,” MU coach Maria Fantanarosa said. “We have to make sure that we’re very respectful of their athleticism, and that’s in transition, that’s with their penetration, that’s with their rebounding.”

It’s not a great matchup on paper. Miami (18-11) is seeded sixth and buried OU 78-56 in Oxford on Jan. 17. The Bobcats (6-22) are seeded 11th after tying Kent State for last place and winning a coin flip.

Yet Wednesday’s contest was competitive enough to give Ohio a jolt of confidence.

“It gave us a little bit of hope,” said Bobcats coach Semeka Randall, whose team has lost 15 of its last 16 games, beating only Kent during that stretch.

“But with Miami, you’re talking about two phenomenal players (in Courtney Osborn and Kirsten Olowinski) and the rest of the players follow their lead, so we realize we’re not going over there to just play anybody,” she added. “We’re going over there to play somebody that could easily get in the MAC championship game and do some special things.”

Both teams have been fighting the injury bug all season. The RedHawks have gotten freshman center Jessica Rupright back from a concussion, but starting forward Erica Almady (concussion) and sixth man Kristin Judson (foot) are out, and Fantanarosa isn’t sure when they’ll be ready to play again.

Osborn (18.4 ppg) and Olowinski (11.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg) are Miami’s foundation. Haley and Hannah Robertson are in the starting lineup as well, and Fantanarosa said freshman forward Hannah McCue will also start today.

“This is the hand we’re dealt, so how do we put ourselves in a position to be a little more successful? Our energy,” Fantanarosa said. “We’ve got to be very positive, very confident, very supportive of each other, but taking individual responsibility.

“I think this team has the mental ability and the physical ability to make a run. If we can keep them very focused on the task in the present, good things will come. If we start to look ahead or we don’t take care of the details, the injuries are going to get us and we’re going to be a little short.”

Ohio’s top scorers are junior guards Erin Bailes (10.9) and Shavon Robinson (10.2). The Bobcats are allowing 66.9 points per game.

Today’s victor will advance to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and face the winner between No. 7 Buffalo (10-19) and No. 10 Northern Illinois (7-22).

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Meet the Dayton Dragons: Cassidy Brown, catcher
Meet the Dayton Dragons: Cassidy Brown, catcher

Who: Cassidy G. Brown Position: Catcher Number: 39 Personal: R/R; 6-3, 215 pounds Born: July 21, 1994 (22) Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio College: Loyola Marymount Drafted: By Reds in 12th round in 2016. Notable: Max Preps Ohio player of the year in 2013 at Walsh Jesuit. Had outstanding career at Loyola after slow start. A backup to Tyler Stephenson.
OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon
OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Games will be held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon on Saturday. A combined Divisions IV-VII game is at noon, followed by the combined Divisions I-III game at 4 p.m. The North head coaches are Mike Franklin of Sandusky (Divisions I-III) and Warren JFK’s Jeff...
Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Colorado
Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Colorado

Former Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright on Friday announced his commitment to the University of Colorado. Dayton released Wright from his letter of intent after coach Archie Miller left for Indiana. New Dayton coach Anthony Grant kept two signed recruits in the fold: Jordan Davis and Jordan Pierce. Wright and Nahziah Carter asked for their release...
Wright State adds another basketball recruit
Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy announced Friday that James Manns signed a university letter of intent to play for the Raiders. A 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus, Manns averaged 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists as a senior at Walnut Ridge High School in 2015-16. Last season he played for Kingston Academy in Middletown, averaging 16...
Boomer or Chad? Ranking the Bengals’ 10 best second-round draft picks
Boomer or Chad? Ranking the Bengals’ 10 best second-round draft picks

The 2017 NFL draft continues tonight with the second and third rounds. After taking Washington receiver John Ross in the first round, what will the Cincinnati Bengals do for an encore? Hope to find a player as productive as these were for them. Here are the 10 best second-round picks in Bengals history: The man who blocked for the only two-time Heisman...
More Stories