OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team fell to Toledo, 80-49, Wednesday night at Millett Hall.
The RedHawks dropped to 14-8 overall and 6-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Rockets improved to 20-2 and 8-1 in league play.
"Toledo is a very strong team and I think it was a good learning experience for us," coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "We are learning right now a lot about the importance of the little fundamental things."
Miami came back from an early 5-0 deficit and led 8-7 at the 16:45 mark after senior point guard Courtney Osborn hit back-to-back treys and a transition layup.
Toledo responded with a 6-0 run, but junior guards Hannah and Haley Robertson connected from downtown to give the advantage back to the hosts, 14-13 with 12:01 left.
Freshman forward Hannah McCue nailed two free throws and senior forward Kirsten Olowinski made one, which evened the score at 17-17 at the 8:22 mark. But the Rockets started to pull away, as they finished the first half on a 24-2 run.
"Kyle Baumgartner hit a three and then we left her wide open for the second one," Fantanarosa said about how the Rockets sparked their run. "As soon as they started to get momentum from the three, it gave them all kinds of energy."
The RedHawks trailed 41-19 at halftime.
MU's tough night continued after the break, as Toledo extended its lead to 55-19 four minutes into the half.
"We could never get in a rhythm," Fantanarosa said. "They are a very strong defensive team and we didn't have enough people show up today on offense."
The Rockets finished the game shooting 46.2 percent (30-of-65) from the floor and 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from downtown. The RedHawks shot 29.2 percent (14-of-48) and were 50 percent (9-of-18) from deep. Miami also lost the battle on the boards, 43-36, and had 12 more turnovers than UT (25-13).
Osborn, who had a game-high 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting, broke the school's career record for free throws made with 11:19 remaining in the second half. She now has 466 for her career, two more than the previous record holder Amanda Jackson.
Junior guard Haley Robertson had nine points with three rebounds, while Olowinski tallied four points and a team-high eight rebounds. Hannah Robertson scored five points and added four boards.
Four players reached double-digit points for Toledo. Baumgartner had a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds. She finished 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
The RedHawks continue their three-game home stand against Akron Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the second game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader against the Zips. It will be Hall of Fame Day where Miami Athletics will honor the following six inductees at halftime of the men's game: Dale Cohen (women's tennis), Terry Hoeppner (football coach), PL (Pete) Miller (men's track & field), Ben Roethlisberger (football), Karin Sherr (synchronized skating) and Kyle Voska (golf).