HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Miami University women’s basketball team had its best offense output of the season as junior guard Kindsay Brandt’s career-high 23 points led the RedHawks to a 76-66 victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday. Miami improves to 3-5 after its second consecutive victory. The Norse fall to 4-4.
Brandt was 6-for-9 from the field, including 5-for-7 from behind the arc. She also had three rebounds, an assist and a steal in 28 minutes of action. She led a RedHawk bench that scored 46 of the team’s 76 points.
Freshman forward Nicole Anderson had a strong game down low for Miami. She recorded her second career double-double, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
As a team, Miami drained a season-high 11 three-pointers, finishing 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from behind the arc. NKU also made 11 three-pointers, but they needed 32 attempts to get them.
The three-pointers were dropping early for both teams. Senior guard Hannah Robertson and senior guard Haley Robertson each hit one for the ‘Hawks, but NKU hit three triples to take a 9-8 lead. Brandt followed with three straight from behind the arc to Miami on a 9-4 run and put it in front 17-13 with 10:46 left in the half. The Norse answered with two more three-pointers of their own take a 19-18 advantage at the 9:52 mark.
The teams continued to trade the lead throughout the period as neither team could build an advantage of more than four points. Tied at 28, Northern Kentucky’s seventh 3-pointer of the half put it ahead 31-28 with 4:53 to go. After two free throws by Brandt, a three-pointer by sophomore forward Hannah McCue and back-to-back layups by sophomore Jessica Rupright gave the RedHawks the advantage right back. NKU hit a jumper in the final minute to send the game into the break with Miami in front, 37-35.
Miami shot 13-for-29 from the field (44.8 percent), including an impressive 6-for-8 (75.0 percent) from behind the arc. The Norse were 14-for-31 from the field (45.2 percent) and 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range. There were five ties and 11 lead changes in the half. Brandt led the RedHawks with 13 points.
Anderson led the second half off with a layup to put Miami up four, but Northern Kentucky answered with an 8-3 run that gave it a 43-42 lead with 15:22 remaining in the game. Brandt followed with back-to-back three pointers to put the Red and White back in front, 48-43, at the 13:47 mark. It was a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Layups by Hannah Robertson and freshman guard Jillian Spurlock, followed by a jumper from senior forward Erica Almady gave Miami an 11-point lead at 56-45. NKU fought back with a 7-0 run to pull within four at 56-52 with 8:23 to go. Hannah Robertson ended the Norse run with a layup and a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions. Rupright contributed her own three-pointer to give MU its largest lead at 64-52 with 6:16 remaining in the game.
Miami went on a scoring drought over the next five minutes, only managing layups by Rupright and Spurlock. The Norse took advantage, going on a 12-4 run to pull with four at 68-64 with 59 seconds to go. NKU needed to commit four straight fouls on the next possession in order to put the RedHawks in the bonus and force them to win the game at the line. Miami proceeded to do just that, going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe in the final minute and gaining the offensive rebound on its only miss to secure the 76-66 win.
The RedHawks finished the game shooting 26-for-58 (44.8 percent) from the field and 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from the three-point line. Miami held NKU to 25-for-64 (39.1 percent) shooting from the field and an 11-for-32 (34.4 percent) performance from behind the arc. The Norse were 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from three-point land in the second half.
In addition to Brandt’s 23 points and Anderson’s 11, Hannah Robertson and Rupright each scored 10 for the ‘Hawks. Miami outrebounded Northern Kentucky, 45-31. The RedHawks had 19 offensive rebounds, while the Norse had only 16 defensive rebounds. That means Miami rebounded the majority of its missed shots. NKU was led by Melody Doss with 20 points.
The RedHawks will be off for the next week due to final exams. When they return to action a trip to sunny California awaits. Miami travels to Long Beach State on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for a 10 p.m. (EST) tip.