OXFORD, Ohio – Five players scored in double figures to anchor a season-best performance from the Miami women’s basketball team in a 91-80 win over Cleveland State at Millett Hall on Sunday afternoon.
The RedHawks’ (4-7) 91 points are their most since scoring 95 in an overtime win at Akron on Jan. 4, 2012. It’s also the most Miami has recorded in a regulation game since defeating Iona 92-77 on Dec. 4, 2011.
After the Red and White grabbed a 15-9 lead, the Vikings drew within one on a Kiersten Green jumper and a Cori Coleman three. Jessica Rupright answered that short spurt with a score through contact to put MU up 17-14 with just over eight minutes gone by.
MU stretched out a 20-19 lead on the strength of an 11-0 run that spanned 6:21. Nicole Anderson converted two layups, both on Erica Almady assists. Almady then took matters into her own hands by driving to the basket, scoring through contact and knocking down the ensuing free throw to put the RedHawks up 27-19. A Hannah Robertson jumper and two Anderson free throws capped the run and put Miami up 31-19 with 4:20 remaining.
The Vikings’ caught fire from beyond the arc down the stretch, knocking down three trifectas, including two in the final 30 seconds to cut the RedHawks’ lead to 39-32 at the break.
CSU kept clawing closer and eventually pulled within four points (43-39) with 16:49 showing on the clock. The RedHawks countered with eight-straight points to extend their lead back to 12. Hannah Robertson scored four of those points to move into double figures.
The RedHawks’ lead eventually grew to 14 points (63-49) with 10:07 remaining after a Kindsay Brandt jumper from the corner. Cleveland State would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
MU shot a season-high 59.1 percent from the field and dished out 22 assists on their 29 baskets. The Vikings made 41.9 percent of their attempts, including 13-of-34 from three-point range. The RedHawks shots a season-high 42 free throws, making 29 of them (69 percent) to outscore the Vikings (15-of-21) by 14 points at the charity stripe. Miami also pulled away on the glass, enjoying a 40-30 advantage in rebounding.
Miami opens Mid-American Conference play against Western Michigan on Saturday, opening tip is at 2 p.m.