OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team fell to Central Michigan, 72-60, in a back-and-forth game Saturday afternoon at Millett Hall.
The RedHawks dropped to 14-10 overall and 6-5 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Chippewas improved to 15-9 overall and 9-2 in league play.
Courtney Osborn, who entered Saturday's contest 23 points shy of the RedHawks' all-time scoring record, had a game-high 19 points. The senior point guard is now four points away from breaking the record set by Amanda Jackson (2003-08), who has 1,979 career points.
Osborn, a native of Fishers, Ind., was 5-of-18 from the field Saturday and finished 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. She also tallied eight assists and four rebounds.
Miami, which trailed CMU 31-25 at halftime, came out hot after the break and took a 38-37 lead with 14:07 to go.
The RedHawks continued to hang around, as Erica Almady and Kirsten Olowinski stepped up their play in the second half. Olowinski tallied 15 points and eight rebounds, while Almady had 12 points and six boards.
Miami cut the Chippewas' lead to 54-52 after an Almady layup with 6:21 left. But that's as close as the RedHawks would get the rest of the way.
"We just came up a little short (down the stretch)," Miami head coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "We are now at a point where we've lost four of our last five and the reason is because of our defense."
Fantanarosa continued, "Today, we lost to a very good team. Our defense got better, but now we need to play better on both sides of the court. I'm much happier with the way we played today than I was a week ago."
Central Michigan finished the contest on an 18-8 run and was led by Crystal Bradford, who had a team-high 16 points. The sophomore guard also had 10 rebounds and two blocks.
"We were in foul trouble the whole game," Fantanarosa said. "Having my guards all in foul trouble, they were tentative and didn't want to foul out. I thought Hannah (Robertson) and Courtney did a good job of guarding (Bradford) when she was in."
The Chippewas shot 41.5 percent from the field, while the RedHawks were 37.3 percent. CMU also outrebounded Miami 50-36 and held an 18-1 advantage in bench points.
Next up, the RedHawks travel to play Buffalo Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Miami then returns home to play Bowling Green for its "Think Pink" game Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.