OXFORD, Ohio - Honored for becoming the Miami University women's basketball team's leading scorer during a pregame ceremony, senior point guard Courtney Osborn had one of the best games of her career in leading the RedHawks to an important 76-61 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon. She finished with 33 points, including a career-high tying seven 3-point makes. Miami improves to 16-10 on the season and 8-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons fall to 17-9 overall and 8-5 in the MAC.
With her fifth point of the contest, Osborn became the first Miami women's basketball player to crack the 2,000-point barrier. She is the 12th player in MAC history to reach 2,000 points and now ranks 11th in league history with 2,028 career points.
Osborn finished the game 12-for-17 from the field and 7-for-9 from behind the arc. She also had seven assists and a block while playing all 40 minutes.
Kirsten Olowinski continued to make history as well on Saturday. The senior forward overcame first-half foul trouble to finish with 12 points and 11 rebounds. It was the 39th double-double of her career, adding to her Miami record. She also finished with two assists, two blocks and two steals in 33 minutes of action.
Bowling Green was the aggressor early on, jumping to leads of 6-2 and 10-7. Both times the run was ended when Osborn drained a three-pointer. Tied at 10, Osborn found Hannah Robertson for a go-ahead layup at the 14:34 mark. The RedHawks would not trail again for the rest of the game.
A pair of three-pointers and a jumper by Osborn helped Miami push the advantage to 11 at 22-11. The Falcons responded with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to only four at 24-20 with 8:55 to go. Once again Osborn came up with the big shot, draining the three-pointer to make it a seven-point game. The teams traded buckets until Jillian Halfhill hit a three-pointer of her own to make it 32-27 at the 3:28 mark.
Miami would close the first half strong, as Osborn, Haley Robertson and Kelsey Simon each hit shots to give the 'Hawks a 38-27 lead. Bowling Green would answer with a 5-0 run to cut the advantage to six, but Osborn responded with her sixth 3-point basket of the half to send the Red and White into the break up, 41-32.
Osborn finished the first half with 22 points and five assists. Miami shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31) from the field and held the Falcons to 36.7 percent (11-for-30) shooting.
Erica Almady kept the momentum going for the RedHawks early in the second half. She battled down low for a pair of buckets, part of a 12-8 run over the first 5:15 of the period that saw Miami build a 53-40 lead. Both teams ramped up the defensive pressure as neither team scored over the next four minutes of the game. That streak ended when Osborn found Almady inside for a layup that made it 55-40 with 11:04 to go.
Miami pushed its advantage to as much as 19 points at 59-40 before the Falcons made a comeback attempt. Trailing 65-48, Bowling Green went on a 9-4 run that made it 68-57 with 3:37 remaining in the game. Almady would end the Falcon run with a layup, and the RedHawks hit their free throws down the stretch to finish off the 76-61 win.
Almady finished as Miami's second-leading scorer with 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. The RedHawks shot 55.8 percent (29-for-52) for the game, including 47.4 percent (9-for-19) from behind the three-point arc. They held Bowling Green to 33.3 percent shooting (20-for-60).
The Falcons outrebounded Miami, 36-32. Fans that picked up the pledge sheet as part of the women's basketball team's Think Pink promotion should multiply their per rebound donation by 32 to find out how much they are going to contribute. It was also the third straight home game that the RedHawks wore their pink jerseys. These game worn jerseys are up for auction here. Bidding closes on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Miami returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 28 when it hosts Kent State at 7 p.m. It is the regular-season home finale at Millett Hall and Senior Night. Prior to the contest Osborn and Olowinski will be honored for their incredible four-year careers in a pregame ceremony.