MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The Miami University women’s basketball team pulled to within eight early in the second half, but the explosive Central Michigan offense used several three-pointers to pull away for an 88-47 victory Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 7-16 overall and 3-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas improve to 16-8 overall and 12-0 in the MAC.
Central Michigan ranks ninth in the country in three-pointers made per game and it hit 16 against Miami, a season-high for an opponent. The Red and White kept pace early with five 3-pointers of their own, but finished the game shooting 5-for-24 (20.8 percent) from behind the arc.
It was a three-point battle from the start as treys from junior guard Courtney Larson and senior guard Haley Robertson, along with a layup from sophomore guard Jillian Spurlock and a free throw from senior center Kelsey Simon gave Miami a 9-6 lead with 16:40 left in the half. CMU responded with three triples of its own as part of an 11-2 run that gave it a 17-11 lead at the 13:52 mark.
A layup by redshirt freshman forward Tamira Ford, followed by a three-pointer by Haley Robertson put the RedHawks back in front, 19-18, with 11:42 to go. Miami’s shot went cold over the next seven minutes as the Chippewas answered with a 14-1 run to take a 32-20 advantage at the 4:02 mark. A pair of layups by Simon sent the game into the break with CMU in front, 37-25.
Miami shot 32.1 percent (9-for-28) during the first half, while the Chippewas were 13-for-29 (44.8 percent). Central Michigan hit eight 3-pointers during the period to build its lead.
Freshman forward Nicole Anderson scored seven quick points to start the second half. Her jumper with 18:04 to go cut the CMU lead to only eight at 40-32. Central Michigan’s All-America candidate, Crystal Bradford, got hot at that point hitting several jumpers as the Chippewas went on a 29-7 run over the next eight minutes to break the game open. Jumpers by Simon and senior guard Hannah Robertson helped stopped the run, but Miami was not able to get its offense back on track as it fell, 88-47.
Anderson led Miami with nine points, Simon and Haley Robertson each had seven, while Ford, Larson and Hannah Robertson each had six. Hannah Robertson now has 995 career points, only five short of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000. Niki DiGuilio led Central Michigan with 24 points on eight 3-point baskets, while Bradford finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Chippewas held a 42-33 rebounding advantage over the ‘Hawks for the game.
The RedHawks return to action on Thursday when they host Ball State at 1:30 p.m. It is the sixth annual Class at the Court game, and over 1,500 elementary school students from the Talawanda School District will be in attendance. Bill Douglas has the call and it can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.