BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Bowling Green team on Sunday, and the result was a 91-45 Falcon victory. The RedHawks fall to 7-15 overall and 3-8 in the Mid-American Conference. Bowling Green is 20-3 overall and 10-1 in the MAC.
The Falcons hit 15 three-point baskets in the victory over Miami, a season-high for any opponent. They were 29-for-55 (52.7 percent) from the field and 15-for-31 (48.4 percent) from behind the arc. While the RedHawks hit seven 3-point baskets for the game, it wasn’t enough to overcome a tough 14-for-44 (31.8 percent) shooting night.
There were positives for Miami. Sophomore forward Hannah McCue came off the bench to lead the RedHawks with nine points, while freshman forward Nicole Anderson had eight. In the most extended playing time of her career, redshirt freshman Tamira Ford finished with five points and six rebounds in 14 minutes of action. Senior center Kelsey Simon had a good day on the boards, finishing with a team-high nine, including four offensive.
It started well for Miami as it won the opening tap and senior guard Hannah Robertson drained a three-pointer on the first possession. Erica Donovan answered with a three of her own to tie the score. That proved to be the theme early on as the Falcons hit several three-point shots, often with the RedHawk defender in their face. BGSU scored 21 unanswered points before McCue ended the bleeding with a trey to make it 21-6 with 12:46 left in the half.
Anderson drained a three-pointer of her own to pull Miami to within 18 at 27-9, but again the Falcons got hot from behind the arc as a 16-0 run put the game out of reach at 43-9. A layup from junior guard Kindsay Brandt, and a free throw and a layup by Ford sent the ‘Hawks into the break trailing 43-14.
Miami got its offense going in the second half, as Anderson, freshman guard Jillian Spurlock and sophomore guard Maddie McCallie each drained three-pointers. Unfortunately for the RedHawks, Bowling Green never cooled down from the field, and Miami was unable to cut into the lead.
In addition to McCue’s nine and Anderson’s eight points, Hannah Robertson and Brandt each finished with six. Bowling Green had a 35-29 rebound edge, and was led by Jillian Halfhill with 17 points.
The RedHawks return to action on Saturday when they travel to MAC-leading Central Michigan for a 2 p.m. game. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.