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WBB Preview: Miami (Ohio)

UC looks for its third straight win in a matchup with a longtime rival

Cincinnati v Kentucky Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The 2-1 Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team will be looking for their third consecutive win this Saturday when they take on the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks at 2 PM at St. Ursula Academy.

This will be the third game in UC’s seven game homestand. The Bearcats won the first two by large margins over Slippery Rock and Southeastern Louisiana.

Longtime rival Miami looks to be stiffer competition than UC’s last two foes. The Redhawks, who play in the highly competitive Mid-American Conference (MAC), hold a 1-1 record. They pummeled Detroit Mercy in their opener 91-64 before fading late in a road loss to Purdue on Wednesday, 75-66.

First year coach Megan Duffy, who served for three years as an assistant at Big Ten power Michigan, is in an excellent position to improve on this club’s 11-21 record from a year ago.

Sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson is one of the MAC’s most dynamic players, leading the team in both scoring and assists last season. The 5’3 Indianapolis native was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2016-2017. She will be a load for Cincinnati’s backcourt to handle on Saturday.

Miami’s frontcourt is sizable and experienced. Seniors Molly McDonagh and Megan Galloway both stand over 6 feet tall and command a great deal of respect in the lowpost. UC’s similarly imposing frontcourt of Shanice Johnson and Iimar’i Thomas will surely have an exciting battle with their Redhawk counterparts.

For those of you who cannot attend this exciting matchup in person, be sure to head over to GoBearcats.com to watch the game live with our friend Matt Noonan on the call.