CHICAGO - A balanced effort that saw all 10 players who saw action contribute led the Miami University women's basketball team to a 71-37 victory over Chicago State on Sunday. The RedHawks improve to 6-4 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 1-9.
Kelsey Simon made it a successful homecoming to the Chicago area as she recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Kirsten Olowinski and Jessica Rupright led Miami with 12 points apiece.
The 37 points Chicago State scored tied for the eighth-fewest points allowed in a game by the RedHawks. It was the fewest points Miami allowed since it defeated Akron, 94-32, on Feb. 24, 2001.
Three early layups from Olowinski would give Miami a 9-2 lead. After a Cougar bucket, a three-pointer from Courtney Osborn, followed by layups from Hannah Robertson and Haley Robertson were part of a 20-1 run that made it 29-5 with 5:32 remaining in the half. Miami held Chicago State without a field goal for nearly nine minutes, while a three-point play from Hannah McCue and a three-pointer from Hannah Robertson would help complete the run.
The Robertson twins would close out the half with back-to-back jumpers, but the Cougars finished on an 8-4 run to cut the 'Hawks lead to 20 at 35-15 at the break.
Miami shot 46.7 percent (14-for-30) for the half, while holding Chicago State to only 23.1 percent (6-for-26) shooting during the same time frame. Hannah Robertson led the RedHawks at the break with nine points.
It was a slow start offensively for both teams to begin the second half. Osborn would find Simon for a layup at the 14:10 mark to make it 44-20. The senior point guard and leading scorer on the season turned distributor on Sunday, finishing with a team-high seven assists.
Courtney Larson hit back-to-back layups to push the advantage to 26 at 50-24. Chicago State would get as close as 25, but the team began feeding the ball to Rupright down low. She would either hit the layup or convert on free throws after being fouled to make it 62-33 at the 5:42 mark. The RedHawks would cruise from there, going on to win by 34 points, 71-37.
Miami finished the game shooting 47.5 percent (28-for-59). The RedHawks had 19 assists on their 28 made baskets. They held the Cougars to 26.5 percent (13-for-49) shooting. Miami forced CSU into 25 turnovers and outboarded the Cougars, 43-29.
For its next two contests, Miami will play regular season games outside of the United States for the first time in school history when it travels to Cancun, Mexico to participate in the Caribbean Classic. The RedHawks will face Creighton on Friday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 p.m. (EST). They will then take on Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. (EST).