OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team led the majority of the game against a Florida State team that is ranked just outside of the top 25, but the Seminoles were able to pull away in the last three minutes to take a 71-62 victory Sunday in Millett Hall. The RedHawks fall to 1-5 overall, while Florida State improves to 6-1.
The Miami defense hung tough against FSU all day, forcing 22 turnovers. The Seminoles came into the game shooting 47.3 percent on the season, but the RedHawks held them to 37.3 percent (22-for-59) for the contest.
Senior guard Hannah Robertson led a balanced MU offensive effort with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. That included a 3-for-6 performance from behind the arc. Senior forward Erica Almady and freshman guard Jillian Spurlock each scored 11 points, while freshman forward Nicole Anderson finished with 10. The RedHawks were 20-for-51 from the field (39.2 percent), including 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) from behind the three-point line.
Florida State jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Miami quickly recovered as a jumper by Hannah McCue burying a trey from the top of the key. The RedHawks continued to shoot well while forcing the Seminoles into missed jump shots, as a three-pointer from junior guard Kindsay Brandt put the ‘Hawks up 15-11 with 12:31 remaining in the first half.and a three-pointer from Anderson began a 10-0 run that was capped off by sophomore forward
The Seminoles answered with a 6-0 run to take the lead back, but junior guard Courtney Larson drove to the basket and kicked it out to for a three-pointer that put Miami right back in front at 18-17. Almady, Brandt and each hit jumpers to help the RedHawks hold the lead for awhile, but a three-pointer by the Noles’ Lauren Coleman tied the score at 24.
Miami had one final run in it during the last three minutes of the first half. Almady hit a reverse layup to put the RedHawks back in front. She was fouled and hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. Senior guard Haley Robertson used her passing skills to find her sister and McCue for back-to-back three-pointers that made it 33-24 with 1:20 to go. The Seminoles hit a couple baskets down the stretch, but a pair of free throws by sent Miami into the break with a 35-29 lead.
led the RedHawks with 10 points in the first half, while McCue had six points and six rebounds. had five assists in the period.
Florida State scored the first six points of the second half to pull within one at 35-34. Anderson ended the run with a layup. It was followed by a three-pointer and a jumper from Spurlock that made it 42-34 with 15:50 remaining in the game. After FSU hit a pair of free throws, a layup and a couple of free throws by Spurlock gave Miami its largest lead of the game at 46-36 at the 14:17 mark and forced the Seminoles to call timeout.
Out of the break, Florida State began to use a full court press. The pressure work, as the Seminoles went on a 12-0 run to take a 48-46 lead with 10:46 to go.ended the run with a three-pointer that put Miami back in front. After FSU answered with its own trey, a three-pointer by Anderson gave the RedHawks a 52-51 lead at the 9:42 mark.
Florida State was able to score the next five points to take a 56-52 advantage. It was the first time the Seminoles had been up by more than three points since starting the game on a 7-0 run. Miami did not give up as two free throws from Spurlock and a jumper by Almady tied the score at 56. After a 6-0 run by FSU gave it a 62-56 lead, Brandt answered with a three-pointer, while Almady followed with two free throws to make it 62-61 with 3:38 to go. The RedHawks’ shot went cold from there as they were only able score one more point on afree throw. Florida State was able to finish on a 9-1 run to close out the 71-62 victory.
Miami’s finished with a season-high 10 three-point makes, and tied a season-high with 16 assists.set a new career-high with seven assists. The RedHawks finished 12-for-13 (92.3 percent) from the free throw line.
Miami begins a four-game road trip on Wednesday when it travels to Youngstown State for a 5:15 p.m. game. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, as well as Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.