OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team battled hard in an up-tempo game against Ball State, but ultimately dropped an 80-70 decision to the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon. The game was the sixth annual Class at the Court contest, with a season-high 1,657 in attendance. The RedHawks fall to 7-17 overall and 3-10 in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State is 11-13 overall and 6-7 in the MAC.
With 18:55 left in the second half, senior guard Hannah Robertson hit a 15-foot jumper. It put her over the 1,000-point mark for her career. She is only the 22nd player in school history to reach that mark. She finished with a team-high 14 points for the game and now has 1,009 career points.
Miami had its second best shooting performance of the season, finishing 26-for-54 (48.1 percent) from the field, including 9-for-25 (36.0 percent) from behind the arc. The RedHawks held the Cardinals to 26-for-57 (45.6 percent) shooting, including 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) from behind the arc. The difference came on the boards where Ball State held a 44-25 rebounding advantage, including bringing in 18 offensive caroms.
Needing only five points to reach 1,000, it looked like Hannah Robertson would get it early in the contest as she scored two quick buckets. Despite that, the Cardinals jumped to a 10-4 lead. A jumper by freshman forward Nicole Anderson and a layup from redshirt freshman forward Tamira Ford, followed by a three-pointer from senior guard Haley Robertson cut the deficit to one at 14-13, but a 9-1 run by BSU gave it a 23-15 lead with 11:05 left in the first half.
A three-pointer by freshman guard Jillian Spurlock started an 11-3 run by the ‘Hawks. It was capped by a triple from sophomore forward Hannah McCue that tied the score at 26 at the 8:20 mark. Ball State scored the next five points, but a jumper from Anderson and a three-pointer from junior guard Courtney Larson made it 31-31 with 4:30 to go. Both teams went cold for the remainder of the period, but the Cardinals’ Jill Morrison hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send BSU into the break in front, 36-32.
Miami shot 12-for-25 (48.0 percent) for the first half and was led by Haley Robertson with seven points.
Trading buckets to begin the second half led to Hannah Robertson scoring her 1,000th career point. With Ball State in front, 41-38, a three-pointer from Spurlock tied the score. On the next Cardinal possession McCue recorded a steal. She found junior guard Kindsay Brandt for the layup to put the RedHawks in front for the first time on the day. Brandt was fouled on the play and hit the free throw to convert the three-point play and make it 44-41 with 15:26 to go.
A three-pointer from Haley Robertson gave Miami its largest lead at 48-43. With the ‘Hawks up, 50-46, a 10-1 Cardinal run made it 56-51 with 9:47 to go. An old-fashioned three point play by senior forward Kelsey Simon cut the deficit to two, but BSU responded with an 8-1 run to make it 64-55 at the 6:35 mark.
Hannah Robertson fought to put Miami back in the contest, hitting a three-pointer followed by a jumper to make it a four-point game with 4:48 to go. Ball State hit a pair of three-pointers to push the advantage back to nine at 71-62. Brandt and Hannah Robertson each hit triples of their own, while Anderson put in a layup as part of an 8-4 run that made it 75-70 with 42 seconds to go. Miami was unable to score again, as Ball State finished off the 80-70 win by hitting its free throws down the stretch.
In addition to Hannah Robertson’s 14 points, Brandt and Anderson each had 11, while Haley Robertson finished with 10. Brandt had a team-high five assists, while Spurlock had four to go with six points and four rebounds. Simon and McCue tied for the team lead with five rebounds apiece.
Miami hits the road on Sunday for a contest at Kent State. Game time is at 2 p.m. with Tim Bray on the call. It can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.