OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami placed four players in double figures, led by Hannah Robertson's 18 points, but an 11-3 run over the final 2:52 lifted Buffalo to a 78-70 victory over the RedHawks Thursday afternoon at Millett Hall. The loss snapped Miami's five-game winning streak. The 'Hawks fall to 13-7 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls improve to 7-13 overall and 5-2 in the MAC.
Miami came into the game allowing only 57.3 points per game, but the Buffalo offense came out firing, hitting 11 three-point baskets during the contest. The Bulls shot 46.6 percent (27-for-58) for the game.
Kirsten Olowinski recorded her seventh double-double of the season for the RedHawks, finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Erica Almady scored a career-high 17, while Courtney Osborn contributed 13 points. Miami shot 40.3 percent (27-for-67) for the game but only 21.1 percent (4-for-19) from behind the arc.
Both teams came out playing a fast pace to begin the game as Olowinski hit a pair of layups, while Hannah Robertson and Haley Robertson each scored to give the 'Hawks an early 12-7 advantage. In front 14-12, a layup from Almady followed by three straight three-pointers from Osborn were part of a 16-5 run that gave Miami its largest lead at 30-17 with 6:04 remaining in the half.
Buffalo's three-point shooting became a factor towards the end of the first half. The Bulls hit three shots from behind the arc as part of a 15-4 run that cut their deficit to only two at 34-32. A jumper from Olowinski put the lead back to four, but Buffalo answered back with a basket of its own to send the game into the break with the RedHawks in front, 36-34.
Hannah Robertson led Miami with 10 points in the first half, while Olowinski and Osborn each had nine. The RedHawks shot 44.1 percent (15-for-34) during the period.
Neither team could establish a lead of more than four points during the first 18 minutes of the second half. Each time Miami looked to pull away, the Bulls would answer with a timely three-point basket. Tied at 52, layups from Olowinski and Osborn made it 56-52 with 9:00 remaining in the game. The teams traded buckets, with a Hannah Robertson jumper giving the Red and White a 58-54 advantage with 8:25 to go.
Buffalo responded with a 6-0 run over the next two and a half minutes to go back in front 60-58. A Hannah Robertson jumper tied the score, but the Bulls went right down the floor with another layup. Trailing 64-62, Almady would hit a jumper in the lane despite getting hit on the arm. She converted the free throw to put the 'Hawks up 65-64 with 4:28 to go.
A three-pointer from Buffalo made it 67-65, before Hannah Robertson tied the score with a jumper. A pair of baskets from the Bulls started the closing 11-3 run, with the key playing coming with the RedHawks trailing 71-68 with 2:00 to go. Off a missed three-pointer, Miami got two offensive rebounds and two layup attempts at the basket. Unable to convert, Buffalo took it the length of the court and recorded an old-fashioned three-point play to make it a six-point advantage and put the game out of reach.
The score was tied nine times, while the lead changed another nine times throughout the game. Miami outrebounded Buffalo, 42-32, for the contest. Osborn led the 'Hawks with six assists, while Hannah Robertson had three steals.
Miami looks to get back on the winning track when it travels to Northern Illinois on Sunday for a 2 p.m. (EST) contest. The game will be broadcast live on STO and ESPN3. Tim Bray's audio call will also be available on WMOH and Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.