CANCUN, Mexico - Senior guard Courtney Osborn had her fifth career 30-plus point effort on Saturday when she scored 30 to lead Miami to a 62-49 victory over Nevada in the Caribbean Classic. The RedHawks improve to 7-5 overall, while the Wolfpack fall to 5-6.
Osborn finished the day 11-for-15, including a 5-for-7 performance from behind the three-point line. Her game was well rounded as she also contributed five assists, three steals and tied a career-high with two blocks.
Miami's ability to block Nevada's shot kept the normally high-scoring Wolfpack at bay. The RedHawks tied a school record with 10 blocks in the contest, led by freshman Jessica Rupright with a career-high four.
Osborn got things for Miami by burying a three-pointer to open scoring. Hannah Robertson hit a pair of jumpers as the RedHawks extended the advantage to 7-2 early. Nevada came right back with a 5-0 run to tie the score, but Kristin Judson answered with seven straight points off a pair of buckets and a three-pointer to make it 14-7 with 14:16 remaining in the first half.
In front, 16-13, at the 8:56 mark, a layup from Judson and a three-pointer from Osborn sparked an 11-4 run that opened up a 10-point advantage at 27-17 with 3:59 to go. Osborn would follow with a jumper and a free throw, while Hannah Robertson had another layup to help send the RedHawks into the break up 12, 32-20.
Miami shot 45.2 percent (14-for-31) for the first half, while holding Nevada to 26.1 percent (6-for-23) shooting. Osborn led the RedHawks with 13 points.
The Wolfpack struck first with a jumper to begin the second half, but two more three-pointers from Osborn and a jumper by Hannah Robertson helped make it an 18-point game at 40-22 with 18:08 to go. Nevada cut the deficit to 13 at 43-30 at the 15:01 mark. The RedHawks answered right back with a 13-6 run over the next six minutes to gain their largest lead at 56-36 with 9:01 remaining in the game. During the run Osborn had another three-pointer, while Haley Robertson and Hannah Robertson each found Kirsten Olowinski down low for layups.
The RedHawks' offense went cold as they would not score for the next seven and a half minutes. During that time Nevada scored 11 points to cut the lead to nine at 56-47. Miami refocused as Judson found Olowinski for a layup at the 1:32 mark. She was fouled on the play and converted the free throw to put the advantage back to double-digits at 59-47. After holding the Wolfpack scoreless on their next possession, Osborn would nail one final jumper from the left corner to help secure the 62-49 win.
Miami finished game shooting 48.1 percent (25-for-52) from the field. The RedHawks held Nevada to 33.3 percent (18-for-54) shooting. In addition to Osborn's 30 points, Hannah Robertson had 10, while Judson had nine.
The day after breaking Miami's all-time rebounding record, Olowinski led the 'Hawks with 14 on Saturday. The Red and White outrebounded Nevada, 36-30. Miami finished with 14 steals, led by Haley Robertson's career-high seven.
The RedHawks will be off for the next two weeks during the holiday season. Miami returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 5 when it travels to Duquesne for its final non-conference contest before Mid-American Conference play begins. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Tim Bray will have the live audio broadcast on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.