KENT, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team used a balanced offensive effort to earn its fifth straight victory, a 76-48 win over Kent State on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes fall to 2-17 overall and 0-6 in the MAC.
The 'Hawks were successful from three-point land the entire game, finishing 10-for-20 (50 percent) from downtown. Senior Kirsten Olowinski led four Miami players in double figures, finishing with 15 points. Haley Robertson had 13 points, Maddie McCallie had 12, while Hannah McCue finished with 10.
A three-pointer from Courtney Osborn got things going for the RedHawks, while McCue and Robertson each hit treys as Miami went in front, 16-8, early. The Golden Flashes would cut the advantage to four, but McCallie hit the first of her three-point baskets to make it 19-12 with 11:22 remaining in the period.
Kent State would get as close as five points at 24-19, before the RedHawks answered with a 14-4 run to send the game into the break at 38-23. McCallie and Jessica Rupright each had three-pointers during the run, while Olowinski put in a pair of layups.
The RedHawks shot 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) during the first half, while holding Kent State to 28.6 percent (8-for-28) shooting. Miami was 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) from behind the arc, and was led by Robertson with 10 points.
Miami fed the ball into Olowinski often to begin the second half. A pair of layups from the senior forward, plus a couple of free throws from Osborn would make it a 23-point advantage at 54-31 with 11:23 to go. Kristin Judson, Erica Almady and Rupright each hit jumpers as the RedHawks eventually expanded the advantage to 27 at 67-40. The lead would reach 33 at 75-41 with 1:59 remaining before Miami would settle the 76-48 victory.
The RedHawks finished the game shooting 55.8 percent (29-for-52). They held the Golden Flashes to a 28.1 percent (16-for-57) shooting percentage, including holding them to 9.5 percent (2-for-21) from behind the arc. Every Miami player who played scored. Osborn finished with nine points to go with six assists, while Almady and Rupright had seven points each. In addition to her 15 points, Olowinski led the 'Hawks with eight rebounds. As a team Miami outrebounded Kent State, 43-28.
The RedHawks return to action on Thursday when they host Buffalo with a special start time of noon. It is the second annual "Goals for Life" game as Miami will welcome Talawanda Middle School to Millett Hall for the contest. Tim Bray will have the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.