LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Miami University women's basketball team battled hard against No. 9/8 Kentucky in Lexington on Wednesday afternoon, but hot-shooting from the Wildcats to begin the second half turned a 12-point halftime lead into a 92-53 win. Miami is now 3-3 on the season, while Kentucky improves to 5-1.
Courtney Osborn had a fantastic game for the RedHawks, finishing with 25 points. She was 9-for-23 from the field and also had three steals and three rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Miami battled an extremely athletic Wildcat team nearly evenly in the rebound battle, as it was only outboarded by one, 36-35. The difference came from behind the arc, where Kentucky drained 11 three-pointers.
"I was proud of the way we kept battling for 40 minutes," said head coach Maria Fantanarosa. "They are a legit top-10 team and their depth really showed in the second half. We never stopped fighting."
After Kentucky hit a layup to begin the contest, Osborn found Kirsten Olowinski at the top of the key for the three-pointer and the early 3-2 lead. The Wildcats would quickly regain the lead, but Miami fought right back as a layup from Osborn and a jumper by Hannah Robertson gave the 'Hawks a 7-6 advantage with 14:09 left in the half.
Osborn continued to keep the Red and White in the contest as a pair of jumpers put Miami in front, 13-12. Kentucky would respond with an 18-5 run to take a 30-18 lead with 5:01 to go. A jumper by Kristin Judson stopped the bleeding, but the Wildcats would eventually extend the lead to 36-20 at the 1:41 mark. Back-to-back three pointers by Osborn and Olowinski, followed by a pair of free throws by Robertson made it a nine-point game at 37-28 before a three-pointer by UK sent the Wildcats into the break up, 40-28.
Osborn led the RedHawks with 11 points in the first half. Miami outrebounded Kentucky, 22-19, during the period.
Osborn continued her strong play early in the second half with a pair of buckets, but the Wildcats got hot from behind the arc, nailing three 3-pointers as part of a 12-2 run that pushed the advantage to 23 at 55-32 with 16:24 remaining in the game. Osborn hit a three-pointer to cut it to 20 at 55-35, but Kentucky would go on a 25-12 run over the next 10 minutes to put the game away.
The RedHawks finished the game shooting 32.7 percent (17-for-52). The Wildcats shot 50 percent (33-for-66) for the contest. Olowinski just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. Robertson had seven points and seven rebounds.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it welcomes Massachusetts to Millett Hall. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.