YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team went on a 9-0 run in the final two minutes of its game on Wednesday, punctuated by a layup from senior guard Hannah Robertson to give Miami the lead, as it went on to defeat Youngstown State, 70-67. The RedHawks improve to 2-5 on the season, while the Penguins fall to 1-5.
A pair of free throws gave YSU a 67-61 lead with 2:09 to go. The comeback began when Hannah Robertson hit a jumper at the 1:30 mark. On the ensuing possession, she stole the ball and found junior guard Kindsay Brandt. Brandt drove to the basket and was fouled to cut the deficit to 67-65 with 1:11 remaining.
The Penguins turned the ball over in their backcourt, giving Miami a chance to tie. After a timeout, freshman forward Nicole Anderson hit the layup to tie the score at 67 with 52 seconds remaining. On Youngstown State’s next possession, senior forward Erica Almady stood tough and took the charge, giving Miami the ball with 25 seconds to go.
Taking the ball down the court Brandt found Hannah Robertson for a backdoor layup to give the RedHawks a 69-67 advantage. Miami forced YSU into a missed jump shot, and Anderson sealed the game by making one free throw with 1.8 seconds to go to give the Red and White a 70-67 win.
Robertson led Miami with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 6-for-13 shooting.
It was back-and-forth early on. A three-pointer from Haley Robertson put the RedHawks up 7-6 at the 16:25 mark. After the teams traded the lead two more times, sophomore guard Maddie McCallie drained a deep three-pointer to give Miami a 12-10 advantage. She added another three-pointer, while sophomore forward Hannah McCue and sophomore forward Jessica Rupright each added layups as the ‘Hawks built their largest lead of the period at 20-12 with 10:55 to go.
A three-pointer by Kelsea Newman began a 14-2 Youngstown State run over the next six minutes that put it in front, 26-22. A layup from Haley Robertson stopped the bleeding, but the Penguins eventually pushed the advantage to six at 32-26 with 3:10 to go. Rupright and Hannah Robertson hit back-to-back shots to cut the lead to two at 32-30, but YSU scored the final three points to go into the break in front, 35-30.
Youngstown State hit 48.1 percent (13-for-27) of its shots in the first half, including 40.0 percent (6-for-15) of its three-pointers. Miami shot 35.7 percent (10-for-28) during the period, and 23.1 percent (3-for-13) from behind the arc. The RedHawks outrebounded the Penguins, 20-15, and were led in scoring by McCallie and Haley Robertson with six points each.
After an early free throw by the Penguins to open the second half, Miami went on a 9-0 run. Hannah Robertson hit a three-pointer, while senior forward Kelsey Simon hit a pair shots during that stretch. McCallie got hot again, hitting another pair of three-point baskets to help extend the advantage to 45-40 with 15:54 to go.
Youngstown State answered with a 13-3 run to take a 53-48 lead at the 11:11 mark. A three-pointer by Haley Robertson cut the lead to two, but the Penguins had an 8-2 run to take their biggest lead at 61-53 with 7:04 to go.
Two free throws by Hannah Robertson, McCue and Brandt were part of 6-0 run that pulled Miami to within two at 61-59. YSU followed with its own 6-2 run to build a 67-61 advantage at the 2:09 mark and set the stage for the RedHawks comeback.
In addition to Hannah Robertson’s 15 points, McCallie finished with 12, while Haley Robertson, McCue and Brandt each had nine. Miami shot 43.5 percent (24-for-55) for the game, while holding the Penguins to 41.4 percent (24-for-58) shooting. That included keeping Youngstown State to 35.5 percent (11-for-31) shooting in the second half.
Brandt led the RedHawks with five assists, as the team had 16 assists to only 14 turnovers. Miami outrebounded Youngstown State, 38-35. The Penguins were led by Liz Hornberger with 16 points.
Miami continues its road trip on Saturday when it travels to Northern Kentucky for a 7 p.m. game. Bill Douglas has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.