OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team got its first win of the Cleve Wright era with a 55-39 victory over Chicago State on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 1-2 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 1-2.
Defensively, Miami could not have been much better, holding Chicago State to only 11 made baskets for the entire game. The 39 points allowed was just outside the top ten defensive efforts in Miami women’s basketball history.
Sophomore forward Jessica Rupright had a great game, recording her first career double-double with a team-leading 12 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Nicole Anderson tied Rupright for the team lead in rebounds with 10, her second consecutive double-digit rebounding effort. The RedHawks were dominant overall on the boards, winning the rebound battle 54-26 on Saturday.
The Miami defense was strong early, keeping the Cougars to 1-for-8 shooting over the first six minutes. Rupright and Anderson each had a pair of layups, while senior guard Hannah Robertson nailed a three-pointer to stake the ‘Hawks to an 11-2 lead. Miami began to struggle from the field a bit during the next six minutes, but kept up the defensive effort, allowing CSU only five more points. Rupright and senior guard Haley Robertson each hit jumpers to give the RedHawks a 16-7 lead with 7:12 remaining in the period.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Tierra Williams cut the Miami lead to 16-13 with 3:56 to go. Miami closed the half on a 5-2 run off layups from freshman guard Jillian Spurlock and senior center Kelsey Simon to go into the break in front, 21-16.
Rupright led Miami with six points, while Anderson had five points and eight rebounds in the first half. The RedHawks shot 36.0 percent (9-for-25), while holding Chicago State to 21.4 percent (6-for-28) shooting.
A three-pointer from Haley Robertson and a jumper from Rupright helped push the advantage to 26-18 with 17:11 to go. Chicago State closed to within six as the RedHawks did not hit another basket for the next four minutes, but Rupright ended the drought with a layup at the 13:17 mark. That started a 16-3 run over the next 5:20 that gave Miami a 42-23 lead with 7:57 remaining in the game. During the run Hannah Robertson hit a pair of jumpers, while Rupright and Anderson each had layups.
Chicago State was able to get as close as 14 at 42-28, but a layup from freshman guard Jillian Spurlock ended any hope of a Cougar comeback. Haley Robertson and Maddie McCallie each hit three-pointers to make it 50-32 with 3:15 to go, while the RedHawks hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the 55-39 win.
In addition to Rupright’s 12 points, Haley Robertson and Spurlock each scored eight, while Anderson and Hannah Robertson each contributed seven. Junior guard Courtney Larson led Miami with four assists. The RedHawks finished the game shooting 35.7 percent (20-for-56) from the field, while holding Chicago State to 21.2 percent (11-for-52) shooting.
Miami is off for the next week until it travels to UIC on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 4 p.m. (EST) game. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.