OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team let Eastern Michigan hang around, but not for long.
The RedHawks pulled away in the second half, earning a 70-48 victory over the Eagles Sunday afternoon at Millett Hall.
Miami (11-6 overall, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) has won three straight and is 5-1 in its last six games.
"Finally a big win," MU coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "We've talked to the team about when you get a lead, continuing to build that lead. We feel like we can be a deep team, we feel like we have a lot of talent and today in the second half - with some defensive adjustments - you got to see the up-tempo (offense we've been hoping for)."
Miami, which led 33-29 at halftime, struggled in the first 15 minutes, giving up easy baskets in the paint. The hosts were outscored 24-10 down low despite holding a 22-14 advantage on the boards.
Eastern Michigan (3-14, 1-3 MAC) led 25-20 with 6:49 left, but the RedHawks started to pack in the zone and force the visitors to take outside shots. Miami closed out the first half with a 13-4 run and broke the game open after the break.
"The last five minutes of the first half our defense, we just shut them down," said senior point guard Courtney Osborn, who had a team-high 18 points with four assists. "We had ball pressure, obviously they didn't hit outside shots and when they did get the ball down low, we contested it and we blocked out."
Osborn continued, "We did a great job in transition today. That really sparked our offense in the second half."
The RedHawks didn't allow an EMU field goal until the 6:33 mark and held the Eagles to 34.5 percent shooting. Eastern Michigan also struggled from both beyond the arc and the charity stripe, shooing 3-for-17 and 5-of-17, respectively.
Miami was 38.6 percent from the floor and 6-of-22 from deep. The hosts were also solid from the free throw line, making 20-of-24 attempts.
"Our offense started to click today," Osborn said. "You saw our timing get better and things started to roll."
The RedHawks outscored the Eagles 37-19 after the break and stepped up their play inside, as four post players finished with six points or more.
"I thought we had a lot of contributions from every post player that played," Fantanarosa said.
Miami had 18 second-chance points, compared to EMU's two. The RedHawks also outrebounded the Eagles, 50-30.
Junior guard Hannah Robertson scored 13 points and added eight rebounds.
"I'm really confident in where we are right now and we are going to keep making strides," Almady said.
Next up, Miami travels to play Bowling Green Wednesday at 7 p.m.