OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball used outstanding shooting, along with great individual performances from senior forward Kirsten Olowinski and junior guard Hannah Robertson to cruise past Ohio, 78-56, in Mid-American Conference action Thursday evening. The RedHawks improve to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the MAC. The Bobcats fall to 5-10 overall and 0-3 in the MAC.
It turned into a historic night for Olowinski. She recorded a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. It was the 36th double-double of her career, breaking the record of Miami Hall-of-Famer Monica Niemann, who had 35.
"Olowinski is very talented," said head coach Maria Fantanarosa. "It's a very deserving record for her and she's hopefully going to crush it. And I say deserving because she is a blue-collar, consistent hard worker every night.
The team was hot from the field throughout the game, hitting 29-for-48 (60.4 percent) from the field. That was thanks in part to both Robertson and Olowinski, who each shot a team-best 8-for-11. Robertson tied a career-high with 21 points on the night.
"Hannah, she's just a warrior," said Fantanarosa. "She's just aggressive and brings so much heart to our team. She's a passionate, loves-the-game type player."
After falling behind 5-2 early, a three-pointer from Courtney Osborn and a layup from Robertson would put the RedHawks in front. Ohio would regain the advantage at 9-7 with 14:20 remaining in the half before Miami answered with a 29-6 run over the next 10 minutes to build a 36-15 lead. The team frequently went to Robertson and Olowinski during the run, as each scored eight points with all of Olowinski's buckets coming in the paint.
"Our chemistry is finally coming together," said Olowinski. Each game different people step up, different people have roles and when one person is on or two people are on, we look to them as teammates to score."
The Bobcats closed the half on a 13-5 run to send the game into halftime with Miami up 13, 41-28.
In the first half Miami shot 56.3 percent (18-for-32) from the field, while holding Ohio to 35.7 percent shooting (10-for-28). Olowinski led the way with 13 points.
The RedHawks came out a bit flat in the second half as the Bobcats went on an 8-2 run to close within seven at 43-36 with 15:51 to go. Miami would turn up the defensive pressure to force back-to-back Ohio turnovers, while Erica Almady and Courtney Larson each hit shots to put the 'Hawks up 11 at 47-36.
The run continued when Robertson hit back-to-back three pointers. She would hit another one as part of a 27-10 run that gave Miami its largest lead at 24 points with 5:20 to go.
"A lot of that came down to our defense," said Robertson. "When it got down to seven points, we took a deep breath, looked at each other and said that we can be playing a lot better than this right now. I think the important thing was not to panic at that point and just have a belief in our defense and what we had done in the past."
The RedHawks would find Jessica Rupright down low for a pair of layups late as they did not let the lead fall below 20 points in finishing off the 78-56 victory.
Osborn joined Robertson and Olowinski in double-figures with 12 points. She also had a team-high eight assists. Olowinski's 15 rebounds gave her 985 for her career and leave her only 15 shy of becoming the first Miami player to record 1,000. The 'Hawks outrebounded Ohio, 37-20, for the game. The Bobcats were led by Kiyanna Black with 26 points.
Miami will return to action on Sunday when it hosts Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on STO and ESPN3. Mike Cairns and Jacki Windon will have the call. For fans unable to see that broadcast, Tim Bray will have the call on Miami All-Access for fans with a subscription.