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RedHawks hope to overcome losing streak vs Western Michigan

<p>Redshirt senior forward Abbey Hoff has scored 11 points in each of her last two games.</p>

Redshirt senior forward Abbey Hoff has scored 11 points in each of her last two games.

Win streak? How ’bout the opposite? 

The Miami women’s basketball team has not won a game since its 67-49 home win over Valparaiso on Dec. 8. Since then, the RedHawks have lost 13 straight, with the Valpo contest being their only win of the season. 

Miami has scored an average of 62.9 points per game, while giving up 75.6 points per game, worst in the Mid-American Conference.  

So what’s been the issue? 

A thin roster. 

Miami has been dealing with roster struggles, playing against Bowling Green with only nine players and most of the season with up to 10 players. This ordeal has left the RedHawks sitting with an overall record of 1-14 and 0-11 in conference play. 

Despite team challenges, sophomore guard Peyton Scott has been electrifying on the court in recent games. Against Ball State, she almost had a triple-double with 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds, which would have been Miami’s second triple-double in history. 

Not to mention her dominant game against Northern Illinois on Jan 30, leading the team in rebounds, assists, and steals, ending the game with 10 points, although it was not enough for a RedHawk win. 

The team is looking to turn things around starting with its next game, a home game against Western Michigan on Feb. 3.

In their last matchup on Jan. 20, the RedHawks were defeated by the Broncos, 70-54. Scott played the whole 40 minutes, leading the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She has scored double digits in every game this season. 

The 2-10 Broncos are on a three-game losing streak, with their last win being against the RedHawks. 

Players to Watch

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Freshman guard Katie Davidson has started all 15 games along with Scott and has been a key player for the RedHawks’ offense. Based on the season Scott is having, she is expected to bring the heat against the Broncos this coming Wednesday. Redshirt senior guard Abbey Hoff led the team in points in its last game against Northern Illinois and has back-to-back 11-point games, one point away from her season high. 

SCOUTING REPORT

The Game

Tipoff: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Millett Hall 

TV: ESPN3/ESPN+  

Radio: Miami Radio Network

MIAMI REDHAWKS 

Record: 1-14, 0-11 MAC

 

Offense: 62.9 ppg

Defense: 75.6 ppg

PROJECTED LINEUP 

Player (position, height, key stat) 

Peyton Scott (guard, 5’8”, 18.6 ppg) 

Katie Davidson (guard, 5’10”, 12.0 ppg) 

Abbey Hoff (forward, 6’0”,  6.6 ppg) 

Tihanna Fulton (forward, 6’0”, 3.5 ppg) 

Kelly McLaughlin (forward, 6’3”, 11.5 ppg) 

WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS 

Record: 2-10, 1-9 MAC 

Offense: 62.1 ppg 

Defense: 72.7 ppg 

PROJECTED LINEUP 

Player (position, height, key stat) 

Reilly Jacobson (forward, 6’2”, 13.6 ppg) 

Taylor Williams (forward, 6’2”, 10.9 ppg) 

Hannah Spitzley (guard, 6’0”, 5.0 ppg) 

Sydney Shafer (guard, 5’8”, 12.6 ppg) 

Megan Wagner (guard, 5’7”,  5.9 ppg) 

knoxj@miamioh.edu

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