KENT, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team fell to Kent State by a score of 67-51 on Sunday. The RedHawks fall to 7-18 overall and 3-11 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes improve to 6-20 overall and 3-11 in the MAC.
The RedHawks struggled with their shot on Sunday, finishing 16-for-48 (33.3 percent) from the field. Despite that, senior guard Haley Robertson had a solid game, finishing with 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Junior guard Courtney Larson had a strong game defensively, drawing a career-high four charges to go with eight points and three rebounds.
Both teams were deliberate early on, using all 30 seconds of the shot clock. Senior guard Hannah Robertson opened the scoring by draining a three-pointer from the top of the key. A jumper from Hannah Robertson, followed by a three-pointer from Larson and a jumper from Haley Robertson gave Miami a 10-9 advantage with 12:25 left in the first half. Kent State scored the next four points, but a layup from Haley Robertson made it 13-12 with 11:34 to go.
The RedHawks’ shot was cold over the next four minutes as the Golden Flashes went on a 9-0 run to open up a 22-12 lead. An old-fashioned three-point play by Hannah Robertson, followed by a layup from senior forward Erica Almady cut the deficit to five at 22-17 with 6:08 left in the half. Miami got as close as four points at 24-20 when Haley Robertson drained a three-pointer, but KSU closed the period on an 12-5 run to take a 36-25 lead into the break.
The ‘Hawks shot 37.5 percent (9-for-24) from the field during the first half, while the Golden Flashes hit 56.5 percent (13-for-23) of their shots. Larson and Hannah Robertson led Miami with eight points apiece during the frame.
Kent State opened the second half on a 12-5 run to take its largest lead at 48-30 with 13:42 to go. The RedHawks began to feed the ball inside to Almady and she responded with a pair of free throws and a layup that pulled Miami to within 13 at 51-38. The Golden Flashes pushed the advantage back to 16 before Almady was fouled on a layup attempt once again. She converted both freebies to make it 57-43 at the 5:06 mark.
KSU was able to hit a pair of key layups to keep the RedHawks from completing a comeback attempt. Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock and freshman guard Rachel Goddard hit a couple of jumpers late, but the Golden Flashes held on for a 67-51 win.
In addition to Haley Robertson’s 11 points, Almady finished with nine, while Hannah Robertson and Larson each had eight. Hannah Robertson also had six rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes of action. Kent State had a slight, 29-27, advantage in rebounding, as was led by Larissa Lurken with 15 points.
The RedHawks return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Akron for their final road game of the regular season. Game time is 7 p.m. and Tim Bray’s call can be heard live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.