OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team competed hard against Toledo for 40 minutes Thursday night, but 11 Rocket three-point baskets made the difference in a 73-65 Toledo win. The RedHawks fall to 7-14 overall and 3-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Toledo is 10-11 overall and 5-5 in the MAC.
Freshman guard Jillian Spurlock continued the recent tear she has been on, finishing with 19 points on 9-for-21 shooting. She nearly had a double-double, bringing in a career-high tying nine rebounds.
The pace was fast to begin the game with the two teams combining for 26 points over the first five minutes. Junior guard Courtney Larson hit a pair of jumpers, while Spurlock, senior forward Kelsey Simon, senior guard Hannah Robertson and freshman forward Nicole Anderson each hit shots to give the RedHawks an early 12-11 lead. Toledo answered with a three-pointer to take a 14-12 advantage with 15:12 left in the period.
The pace slowed as neither team could score over the next two and a half minutes. A layup by Spurlock ended the drought and tied the score at 14. However, Toledo answered with a 9-2 run to take a 23-16 advantage at the 8:48 mark.
An old-fashioned three-point play from Simon, followed by a three-pointer from Hannah Robertson quickly made it a one-point game. After Toledo pushed the lead back to five, a three-pointer from sophomore guard Maddie McCallie, followed by a layup by Anderson tied the score at 29. Miami retook the lead after a three-pointer from senior guard Haley Robertson, but the Rockets quickly answered with one of their own. Spurlock hit a layup with 22 seconds left, but a three-pointer by Janelle Reed-Lewis at the buzzer gave Toledo a 35-34 lead going into halftime.
Miami shot 15-for-31 (48.4 percent) during the first half, while the Rockets were 15-for-40 (37.5 percent). Spurlock led the ‘Hawks with 10 points and five rebounds during the period.
A layup by Spurlock early in the second half put Miami in front, 40-39. Toledo answered with a three-pointer to regain the advantage, but Spurlock hit a trey of her own to make it 43-42 at the 17:03 mark.
Trailing by three, a jumper by Simon cut the deficit to 48-47 with 13:04 to go. The Rockets followed with a 7-0 run to build an eight-point advantage, but Miami fought right back with a layup and free throw by sophomore forward Hannah McCue and a layup by Spurlock. A three-pointer by McCue made it 58-55 in favor of Toledo with 9:34 remaining in the game.
The Rockets built the lead up to 10 points on an 8-1 run over the next four minutes. A layup by Larson ended the bleeding, while two free throws from junior guard Kindsay Brandt made it a six-point game at 66-60 with 3:19 left. However, Toledo was able to hit its free throws down the stretch and Miami was unable to get any closer as it fell, 73-65.
The RedHawks finished the game shooting 26-for-61 (42.6 percent) and 6-for-20 (30.0 percent) from behind the arc. Toledo was 28-for-66 (42.4 percent) and an impressive 11-for-26 (42.3 percent) from three-point range. In addition to Spurlock’s 19 points, Hannah Robertson and McCue each had nine. Simon finished with eight points and six rebounds, while Anderson had six points and seven rebounds. Miami outrebounded the Rockets, 41-34, for the game. Toledo was led by Ana Capotosto with 21 points.
The RedHawks return to action on Sunday when they travel to MAC East Division leading Bowling Green for a 2 p.m. contest. 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.
· Freshman Jillian Spurlock finished the game with a career high tying nine rebounds. She also had 19 points on the night.
· Freshman Nicole Anderson played a career-high 34 minutes. She had six points and seven rebounds.
· Sophomore Hannah McCue finished with a season-high tying 24 minutes. She had nine points and five rebounds
· Miami started the game off well hitting its first six shots from the field.
· Miami went 7-for-8 at the free throw line.