DEKALB, Ill. - Senior guard Courtney Osborn exploded for 25 points as the Miami University women's basketball team earned an important 65-51 victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 14-7 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies fall to 5-16 overall and 0-8 in the MAC.
Osborn was 9-for-16 from the field and hit two three-point baskets. She was 5-for-7 from the free throw line. The five free throws gave her 464 for her career and tied the Miami record held by Amanda Jackson (2003-08).
Kirsten Olowinski also came up big for the 'Hawks with her 38th career double-double. She finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Osborn and Erica Almady each hit baskets early, but Northern Illinois would build an 11-6 advantage seven minutes into the game. A jumper from Olowinski would get the RedHawk offense going on a 7-0 run, with a Maddie McCallie three-pointer putting Miami in front, 13-11, with 9:36 remaining in the half.
Tied at 15, another 7-0 run from the Red and White would put it back in control. Osborn hit five free throws during the stretch, including the free throw that tied the record with Jackson. She also hit a three-point basket and a layup with nine seconds to go to send Miami into the break with a 27-18 lead.
Osborn led Miami with 15 points in the first half. The 'Hawks shot 40.0 percent (10-for-25) during the period, while holding NIU to 30.8 percent (8-for-26) shooting.
A Hannah Robertson three-point play got the RedHawk offense going early in the second half. Osborn would bury a pair of jumpers to extend the advantage to 11 at 37-26. A Kelsey Simon layup would make it a 13-point lead with 13:07 to go.
The Huskies did not go away as they would eventually cut the advantage to six at 48-42 with 7:34 remaining in the game. Miami answered with a 6-0 run, as Almady, Haley Robertson and Osborn each made mid-range jumpers to send the lead back into double-digits. The lead would not fall below 10 again as the RedHawks hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
After hitting 58 percent (15-for-26) of its shots during the second half, Miami finished the game shooting 49 percent (25-for-51). Haley and Hannah Robertson had nine points each, while Almady finished with eight. NIU was led by Jenna Thorp with 16 points.
The RedHawks play five of their next six games at Millett Hall. It starts on Wednesday when Miami hosts current MAC regular season leader Toledo at 7 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.