OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team used a great defensive performance to overcome some offensive struggles as it defeated College of Charleston, 55-42, on Friday evening. Erica Almady led Miami with 13 points. The RedHawks improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 2-2.

Miami held CofC to 21.4 percent (15-for-70) shooting for the game, and forced the Cougars into 24 turnovers. While the 'Hawks had a season-high 32 turnovers of their own, the defensive effort allowed them to lead the entire way.

It was a great start for Miami as back-to-back buckets from Almady and Kirsten Olowinski sparked a 10-2 run to begin the game. CofC would hit a three-pointer at the 14:04 mark to cut the lead to 10-5, but the RedHawk defense would hold incredibly tough from there. They would keep the Cougars without a field goal over the next 11:43, as all Charleston could manage was four free throws. During the run Courtney Osborn and Haley Robertson each hit three-pointers, while a backdoor layup from Kelsey Simon gave the Red and White a 26-9 lead with 3:10 remaining in the half.

When CofC finally broke the scoring drought with a layup, it would turn the tables on Miami. The Cougars would follow immediately with a three-pointer as they closed the half on a 9-0 run to send the game into the break with the RedHawks leading, 26-18.

Almady led Miami with seven points in the first half. The Red and White shot 42.3 percent (11-for-26), while holding Charleston to 17.6 percent (6-for-34) shooting.

Hannah Robertson and Kristin Judson hit jumpers to begin the second half for the RedHawks. The Cougars continued to match Miami in baskets, eventually cutting the lead to four at 34-30 with 12:51 remaining. Two free throws from Olowinski sparked a 5-0 run that put the Red and White in front, 39-30. College of Charleston answered with a three-pointer that cut the deficit to six, but back-to-back layups from Almady and Simon would change the momentum for good.

Another layup from Simon and two jumpers from Haley Robertson would give Miami a 51-38 lead with 5:10 remaining the game. The RedHawk defense once again held tough, keeping the Cougars from scoring for the next three minutes. In the end, CofC would manage only four points over the final five minutes, while Osborn hit all her free throws to secure the 55-42 win.

Almady added six rebounds, two steals and a block to her 13-point performance. Osborn finished with 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals, while Olowinski led the RedHawks with 11 rebounds. Miami outrebounded College of Charleston, 56-42, with Hannah Robertson finishing with nine and Maddie McCallie pulling in seven.

The RedHawks finished the game 21-for-58 (36.2 percent) from the field.

It is a short layoff for Miami as it returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Youngstown State at 2 p.m. The game will be aired live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.