KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Miami University women's basketball team used a consistent offensive attack that featured 12 three-point baskets, as well as a strong second-half defense to take down Western Michigan, 73-47, on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos fall to 4-10 overall and 0-2 in the MAC.
Courtney Osborn was a season-best 6-for-10 from the 3-point line and finished with a game-high 22 points. Haley Robertson hit four 3-point baskets and set a career-high for the second straight game with 19 points. Her sister Hannah Robertson made her return from injury on Sunday and finished with 12 points in 19 minutes of action.
Miami was 12-for-20 from behind the arc for the game. The 12 three-point baskets tied for the eighth-most in school history and was the most since the 'Hawks hit 13 against Buffalo on Jan. 12, 2011.
Osborn hit back-to-back 3-point baskets to give Miami a 6-0 lead in the first minute. After a pair of Bronco buckets, the 'Hawks turned to Kirsten Olowinski inside for three baskets as part of a 6-2 run that made it a 12-6 lead with 14:46 remaining in the first half.
Haley Robertson drained a three-pointer, but a Miami shooting slump allowed WMU to go on a 14-5 run that gave the Broncos their first lead of 20-17 at the 7:05 mark. Haley Robertson quickly retied the score at 20 with another three-pointer, while Osborn hit a trey of her own to give the RedHawks the advantage back. Osborn's fourth 3-pointer of the half, as well as four more points from Haley Robertson would put Miami in front, 30-24, at the break.
Osborn led the 'Hawks with 12 points in the first half, while Haley Robertson had nine. The teams shot a similar percentage with Miami at 39.3 percent (11-for-28) and the Broncos at 37.9 percent (11-for-29). The RedHawks were 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from behind the arc, and outrebounded Western Michigan, 19-17, for the period.
Miami broke it open early in the second half. A pair of layups from Haley Robertson helped make it 40-28 at the 14:57 mark. After a WMU basket, the RedHawks answered with a 12-0 run that made it 52-30 with 11:52 to go in the game. A three-pointer and a jumper from Hannah Robertson helped spark the run.
Western Michigan would go on a 7-0 run that cut the deficit to 15 at 52-37. A three-pointer from Osborn and a layup by Hannah Robertson quickly snuffed out any Bronco comeback attempt as Miami pushed the advantage back to 20. The Broncos would never get closer than 19 points the rest of the way, with the RedHawks going up by as many as 25 before settling for the 73-47 win.
Miami shot 45.8 percent (27-for-59) for the contest, while holding Western Michigan to 33.3 percent (19-for-57) shooting. The Broncos only shot 28.6 percent (8-for-28) during the second half. Osborn led the 'Hawks with six assists, while Olowinski had a team-high nine rebounds to go with eight points. Miami outrebounded WMU, 42-33, for the game.
After playing their last seven games away from Millett Hall, the RedHawks return home on Thursday to host rival Ohio for the annual "Battle of the Bricks." Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tim Bray will have the call and it will be webcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.