Freshman forward Nicole Anderson continued her strong start to her Miami career. She had her first career double-double, leading the RedHawks with 17 points and 16 rebounds in 31 minutes of action. She was 6-for-11 from the field and hit 2-for-2 from the three-point line.
Jumpers by senior guard Haley Robertson, senior guard Hannah Robertson and junior guard Kindsay Brandt, followed by a layup from Anderson gave Miami an 8-6 lead at the 16:25 mark of the first half. The RedHawk offense went cold, not hitting a field goal for the next 6:45 as the Raiders went on a 10-1 run. Anderson drained a three-pointer with 9:40 remaining in the period to stop the run and pull the Red and White to within four at 16-12.
Miami continued to play good defense as Anderson and freshman guard Jillian Spurlock each hit a pair of free throws to make it a two-point deficit at 18-16. Wright State guard Abby Jump drained back-to-back three-point baskets as part of a 12-6 run that expanded the Raider lead to eight at 30-24. Haley Robertson hit a layup with 2:35 left to make it a six-point game, but WSU closed the half with eight straight points to take a 38-24 lead into the break.
Anderson led Miami with seven points and seven rebounds in the first half. Wright State took advantage of 10 RedHawk turnovers and hit 6-for-21 (28.6 percent) from behind the arc to build its lead.
Both teams came out firing in the second half. A layup and three-pointer from Anderson, along with a three-pointer from Hannah Robertson was part of 13 points that Miami scored in the first four minutes of the period. Unfortunately for the RedHawks, the Raiders also scored 13 points during that time frame, which made the score 51-37 at the 16:05 mark.
Wright State used 19 second half Miami fouls to build its lead at the free throw line. With the score 53-39, a 15-6 run by the Raiders put them in control at 68-45 with 9:45 to go. Haley Robertson hit a three-pointer, while Spurlock followed with a jumper, but three more WSU three-pointers allowed them to eventually increase the lead to 30 at 86-56. Miami closed on a 7-4 run to set the final score.
In addition to Anderson’s 17 points, Spurlock finished with 13, while Haley Robertson had 10. Miami shot 19-for-47 (40.4 percent) from the field, while the Raiders shot 25-for-61 (41.0 percent). WSU finished 13-for-36 (36.1 percent) from behind the arc.
As a team, Miami outrebounded Wright State, 40-32. Brandt and junior guard Courtney Larson led the ‘Hawks with three assists apiece.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Chicago State at 2 p.m.