Basic info: Miami (Ohio) (2-3) at Evansville (2-4); 4 p.m. CST Saturday at Ford Center.
Preview story: Patience pays off for Aces’ Robinson
Radio: WUEV 91.5 FM
Miami: Courtney Larson (5-9, Sr., G, 3.0 ppg, 4.2 apg); Kayla Brown (6-2, Fr., G, 8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Baleigh Reid (5-10, Fr., G, 11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg); Hannah McCue (6-0, Jr., F, 11.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg); Jessica Rupright (6-2, Jr., F, 9.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
Evansville: Sara Dickey (5-11, So., G, 21.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg); Taloni Reese (5-9, Fr., G, 6.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg); Kenyia Johnson (5-8, Fr., G, 2.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg); Sasha Robinson (6-1, So., F, 6.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg); Mallory Ladd (6-1, Sr., F, 17.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
Three things to watch:
– Bench production: Both teams have a player that averages double figures in points off the bench — UE guard Khristian Hart (10.2 ppg) and Miami forward Ana Richter (11.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg). It is particularly important for the Aces to get reliable scoring from Hart, because none of the Aces’ other bench players are consistent scoring threats.
— Will the RedHawks have a major advantage from the 3-point line?: Miami hit a season-high 14 3s in its 82-59 victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday. McCue led the way with seven 3-pointers, tying for the third most in a single game in school history.
UE, on the other hand, has given up 55 3-pointers this season while making 35. Part of that is the Aces’ preference for attacking the basket, but UE still doesn’t want to fall behind too far in the 3-point battle.
— Can Evansville compete on the boards?: The Aces are getting outrebounded by an average of 12.7 per game. Miami has a plus-3.4 rebounding margin and much more size than the Aces across the roster.
The rebounding battle could prove to be the difference in this game. If the Aces can keep the war on the boards close, their ability to force turnovers could lead to more shot opportunities for UE. If they can’t, it’ll be tough to stop the RedHawks.