CLEVELAND - Cleveland State started the game hot and hit 12 three-pointers to counter one of the Miami University women's basketball team's best offensive performances of the season. The Vikings defeated the RedHawks, 87-75, on Saturday in Cleveland. Miami falls to 5-4 on the season, while Cleveland State improves to 4-4.
Courtney Osborn led Miami with 23 points, passing Heather Cusick for second on the RedHawks' all-time scoring list with 1,729 career points. Kirsten Olowinski contributed 21 as Miami shot 46.6 percent (27-for-58) for the game. The Red and White could not overcome a fantastic performance from the Vikings' star forward Shalonda Winton. The senior would record a triple-double with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
The three-pointers came early for CSU as they hit three of them in succession along with a pair of free throws to jump to an 11-0 lead. Olowinski ended the run with a jumper off of Kristin Judson's assist. Judson would nail a couple of jumpers as the RedHawks cut the deficit to four at 14-10 with 10:41 remaining in the half.
The Vikings three-point prowess came back to life as they hit three more as part of a 14-5 run that made it 28-15 at the 4:46 mark. Jessica Rupright got Miami's offense going when she hit a corner three that cut the deficit to 10, while Osborn hit a pair of three-pointers that would make it a six-point game. CSU's Shalonda Winton would answer back with a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the Vikings into the break leading, 37-28.
Olowinski led the RedHawks with nine points and five rebounds in the first half. Cleveland State shot 51 percent (14-for-27) for the period, including 77.8 percent (7-for-9) from behind the arc.
Layups from Erica Almady, Hannah Robertson and Olowinski were part of an 8-3 run by Miami to begin the second half. Cleveland State would push the advantage back to seven at 49-42 before a pair of free throws from Judson and back-to-back jumpers from Olowinski and Osborn made it a one-point contest at 49-48 with 13:08 remaining.
Olowinski would get a pair of blocks on the next Viking possession, but Winton recovered to put in the layup and make it a three-point game. CSU got the advantage back to six, but jumpers from Olowinski and Judson made it 56-53 at the 8:18 mark.
From there Cleveland State's three-point shooting returned, as it hit a pair as part of a 10-3 run that made it 66-56 with 5:36 to go. The RedHawks would have to become more aggressive on defense, which allowed the Vikings to hit a couple of layups and free throws to put away the 87-73 win.
Miami finished the game shooting 46.6 percent (27-for-58). Judson scored a career-high 14 points, while Robertson put in 12. Osborn had nine assists to go with her 23 points, as the RedHawks finished with a season-high 20. Miami outrebounded Cleveland State, 32-31.
The Vikings finished the game 12-for-21 from behind the arc (57.1 percent) and shot 49.1 percent (27-for-55) overall.
The RedHawks will take the next eight days off for finals. They return to action on Sunday, Dec. 16 when they travel to Chicago State for a 3 p.m. (EST) game. Tim Bray will have the call and it will be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.