KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Miami University women’s basketball team overcame a 17-point second half deficit to send the game against Western Michigan into overtime, but the RedHawks’ shot went cold in the extra session as the Broncos came away with an 86-75 victory on Wednesday. Miami falls to 5-12 on the season and 1-5 in the Mid-American Conference. WMU improves to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in the MAC.
With 3.8 seconds to go, Western Michigan’s Alex Morton hit 1-for-2 from the free throw line to give the Broncos a 73-70 lead. After a timeout, sophomore forward Hannah McCue threw a half court inbounds pass to freshman guard Jillian Spurlock. Spurlock found junior guard Kindsay Brandt on the right wing. She took a couple of dribbles and passed the ball to senior guard Hannah Robertson who took a three from behind the right baseline. She nailed it at the buzzer to send the game into an extra frame.
It was part of a strong all-around game for Hannah Robertson. She finished with her first career double-double, recording 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. She also had three steals and an assist in 29 minutes of action.
Spurlock also was a star on Wednesday. She finished with a career-high 22 points on 6-for-11 shooting. She was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Spurlock also contributed three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action.
Senior guard Haley Robertson hit an opening jumper, while Hannah Robertson hit three early free throws, but Western Michigan opened up an 11-5 lead to begin the game. Back-to-back three-pointers from Spurlock and sophomore forward Jessica Rupright got the Miami offense going, while a jumper by junior guard Kindsay Brandt pulled the ‘Hawks to within one at 16-15 with 10:58 remaining in the first half.
Both teams traded three-point buckets with Brandt and junior guard Courtney Larson each hitting one for the Red and White to make it 22-21 in favor of WMU with 8:44 to go. A 10-4 run over the next five minutes gave the Broncos a seven-point advantage. Spurlock drained a triple to stop the bleeding, but Western Michigan answered with a 9-0 run to go in front, 41-28. A layup from Rupright and a coast-to-coast layup that just beat the buzzer by Brandt made it a little closer and sent the RedHawks into the break trailing, 41-32.
The Broncos shot 14-for-28 (50.0 percent) during the first half, while Miami was 10-for-30 (33.3 percent). The RedHawks were 5-for-9 (55.6 percent) from behind the arc. Spurlock led MU with 10 points.
Miami was only able to manage a tip-in basket by freshman forward Nicole Anderson and a free throw by Haley Robertson in the first seven minutes of the second half. Western Michigan took advantage by going on a 10-3 run that gave it its largest lead at 52-35 with 13:12 to go.
Back-to-back buckets from Hannah Robertson and Spurlock began the Red and White’s comeback. Rupright and Hannah Robertson each hit shots to cut the lead to eight at 52-44. Spurlock was then fouled making a layup. She connected on the free throw to make it a five-point game. On the ‘Hawks next possession, Spurlock hit another layup to make it a 14-0 run and cut the Bronco lead to 52-49 with 9:28 to go.
WMU was able to push the advantage back to seven and it kept it in the four-to-seven point range over the next three minutes. A tip-in by senior center Kelsey Simon cut the lead to two at 62-60 with 4:29 to go, but the Broncos answered with a three-pointer. Hannah Robertson drove for a layup to make it 65-62, and a minute later drained a three-pointer to tie the score at 65 at the 2:44 mark.
An old-fashioned three-point play put Western Michigan back in front. Simon answered with a tip-in, but a pair of Bronco free throws made it 70-67 with 1:12 to go. Simon hit a free throw of her own, but two more free throws from WMU gave it a 72-68 advantage with 16 seconds remaining. Brandt put in a layup with seven seconds to go to cut it to two, and the RedHawks immediately fouled Morton. She hit 1-for-2 from the line, which allowed Hannah Robertson to drain that tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Miami outscored Western Michigan, 41-32, in the second half. The RedHawks had a huge shot disparity during the frame, finishing 16-for-41 (39.0 percent), while holding the Broncos to 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) shooting. MU had 15 offensive rebounds in the period, leading to several second chance opportunities.
The RedHawks shot went cold during the overtime period as they were only able to manage a pair of free throws by Spurlock. WMU fed the ball inside to sophomore forward Miracle Woods and sophomore guard A.J. Johnson during the extra session. They were able to convert as the Broncos pulled away for the 86-75 win.
Miami finished the game 26-for-77 (33.8 percent) from the field, while Western Michigan was 24-for-53 (45.3 percent). The Broncos finished the game 32-for-39 (82.1 percent) to help put the game away.
In addition to Spurlock and Hannah Robertson’s performances, Brandt was also in double figures with 14 points. Anderson had six rebounds, while Spurlock and McCue each had four assists. Miami outrebounded WMU, 45-39, and had a season-high 25 offensive rebounds. Woods led Western Michigan with a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds.
The RedHawks return to action on Saturday when they host Kent State for Alumnae Day at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, and seen on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription. The Alumnae game at 10 a.m. is also open to the public.