OXFORD, Ohio – Kirsten Olowinski's double-double helped the Miami University women's basketball team power past Wright State, 72-54, Tuesday afternoon at Millett Hall. The RedHawks improved to 5-3 overall, while the Raiders dropped to 2-4.
The game marked the fifth-annual Class of the Court contest, which had more than 1,600 students from the Talawanda School District in attendance.
"This is my favorite game of the year," MU coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "The atmosphere in here was a lot of fun."
Olowinski, a senior forward, nailed two free throws at the 17:01 mark of the second half to become the 21st player in Miami history to score 1,000 career points. She finished the game with 12 points and 17 rebounds. The double-double was her third of the season and the 33rd of her career.
"It's a great accomplishment," she said. "It gives you that much more pride in being a Miami athlete."
Hannah Robertson, who sparked a 13-0 run to begin the game, finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Miami, which led 39-21 at halftime and never trailed, shot 44.6 percent from the field and 36.4 from beyond the arc. The RedHawks outrebounded the Raiders 49-35.
"We were moving the ball very well today, we were rebounding, we were playing defense and we were playing as a good, solid team," Olowinski said. "We took a very big step forward today as a team. It was great."
Wright State was held to 30.3 percent shooting and 25 percent from downtown. The Raiders' Kim Demmings led all scorers with 21 points.
WSU chipped the RedHawks' first-half lead down to 10 points at the 3:51 mark, but an Almady layup and back-to-back buckets by Olowinski pushed the host's lead to 35-19. Almady scored the final hoop of the half to round out the 8-0 run.
Miami held a 20-point lead, its largest of the game, after a Robertson layup with 15:18 to go in the second half. The RedHawks cruised the rest of the way and have now won back-to-back games and five of their last seven.
Next up, Miami travels to play Cleveland State Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
The RedHawks are away from home for several weeks before hosting Ohio Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.