OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women’s basketball team dropped a 59-55 decision to Eastern Kentucky on Friday afternoon inside Millett Hall. The contest was the first for both teams in 2013-14.
Following a pair of free throws by freshman Nicole Anderson to knot the score at 55-55, Eastern Kentucky’s Marie Carpenter put the Colonels up for good with a three-point basket at the top of the key with just 19 seconds remaining. Carpenter finished the game 12-of-22 shooting for 27 points.
Hannah Robertson’s game tying three came up a bit short with just under two seconds remaining as the RedHawks dropped to 0-1 on the season and EKU moved to 1-0. Robertson and Anderson led the team in scoring with 13 points each. Friday’s game was the first official game of Anderson’s career and the first this season for Robertson (missed the exhibition game versus Seton Hill).
EKU took an 8-2 lead just four minutes into the game, but by the end of 20 minutes Miami trailed by just one, 27-26.
The two teams exchanged buckets for much of the second half before Miami took a 53-51 lead after Anderson converted on a pair from the charity stripe with 2:22 left in the contest. Just 19 seconds later EKU’s Pilar Walker drained a three-pointer to secure a 54-53 advantage. The Colonels would not trail again from that point.
Miami was 19-of-53 (35%) shooting and just 1-of-10 from behind the arc. EKU would finish the game 22-of-47 (47%) shooting and 5-of-14 from three. Eastern Kentucky held a slight 36-32 rebounding edge.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in a road contest at Wright State. The contest is set for 7 p.m.