BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior point guard Courtney Osborn (Fishers, Ind.) became the Miami University women's basketball team's all-time leading scorer as she led the RedHawks to a 69-56 victory over Buffalo Wednesday evening. Miami improves to 15-10 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls fall to 8-17 overall and 6-6 in the MAC.
Osborn's jumper from the top of the key at the 16:48 mark of the second half put Miami ahead to stay, 32-30, and broke the record. The mark had previously been held by Amanda Jackson (2003-08) at 1,979 points. Osborn finished with a team-high 19 points on the day and now has 1,995 career points.
A three-pointer from Haley Robertson and a layup by Kirsten Olowinski helped the RedHawks to an early 7-4 lead. Buffalo followed with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 13-7 advantage with 15:13 to go in the first half.
A jumper by Olowinski sparked the Miami response. Over the next five minutes the 'Hawks would keep the Bulls off the board while they went on a 9-0 run. The run was completed by a three-pointer from Osborn that tied Jackson and gave Miami a 19-13 lead.
The Bulls closed to within 22-18 at the 4:59 mark, but back-to-back buckets from Hannah Robertson and Erica Almady pushed the advantage back to eight. Buffalo would close the half on a 5-2 run, but Miami took a 28-23 lead into the break.
The RedHawks shot 42.9 percent (9-for-21) in the first half, while holding the Bulls to 27.6 percent (8-for-29) shooting. Haley Robertson led Miami with eight points in the period.
Buffalo opened the second half on a 7-2 run to tie the score at 30.The historic jumper from Osborn broke the tie. She would record two more layups as Miami pushed the advantage to four at 40-36. A three-pointer from Buffalo would cut the lead to one at 40-39 with 11:47 remaining in the game.
Haley Robertson would immediately answer with a three-pointer to keep the 'Hawks in front. After a pair of Bull free throws, an Osborn three-pointer started a 9-0 run that made it 52-41 at the 7:37 mark. Buffalo would get as close as five at 54-49, but back-to-back jumpers from Hannah and Haley Robertson would put it away. Osborn drained six straight free throws down the stretch to finish off the 69-56 win.
In addition to Osborn's 19 points, Haley Robertson finished with 15, while Olowinski chipped in 14. Miami shot 44 percent (22-for-50) for the game, including 35.3 percent (6-for-17) from behind the arc. The RedHawks outrebounded Buffalo, 34-28.
Miami returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it hosts Bowling Green for a key MAC showdown. That game is the RedHawks "Think Pink" contest, where they will hold a pledge drive based on the amount of rebounds they can bring in against the Falcons. Money raised will go to support people with breast cancer.