SAN DIEGO – The Miami University women’s basketball team battled hard in holding San Diego State to only 37.2 percent (29-for-78) shooting for the game, but the Aztecs used their height advantage to gain 26 offensive rebounds and take a 75-64 victory Thursday evening. The RedHawks fall to 3-7 on the season, while SDSU improves to 2-6.
Senior guard Hannah Robertson nearly recorded her first career double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds. She was one of two Miami players in double-figures , as junior guard Kindsay Brandt led the RedHawks with 15 points.
It started out well for Miami as senior guard Haley Robertson and freshman forward Nicole Anderson hit back-to-back three-pointers to stake the ‘Hawks to a 6-0 lead. The Aztecs responded by turning on their press and going on a 10-1 run to go in front, 10-7. After a bucket from sophomore forward Jessica Rupright, six straight by SDSU made it 16-9 with 8:49 left in the half.
Brandt drained a three-pointer to get the Miami offense going again. Hannah Robertson and sophomore forward Hannah McCue also hit three-pointers to put the RedHawks back in front, 20-18, at the 6:39 mark. San Diego State started getting offensive rebounds at that point and was fouled on its second chance attempts. It converted on its free throws to go on a 13-3 run to take a 31-23 lead. Brandt closed the half with another three-pointer cutting the deficit to five and sending the Miami into the break trailing, 31-26.
Miami hit 41.2 percent (7-for-17) of its shots in the first half, while holding the Aztecs to only 28.2 percent (11-for-39) shooting. The difference came in 18 RedHawk turnovers, as well as 12 SDSU offensive rebounds. Brandt led Miami with six points in the period.
The RedHawks took care of the ball much better in the second half, finishing with only eight turnovers. Hannah Robertson and junior guard Courtney Larson started the period by each hitting jumpers to make it a three-point game at 33-30 with 18:48 to go. After the Aztecs answered with a jumper, a three pointer by Haley Robertson cut the deficit to two at 35-33.
Miami’s shot went cold as it was only able to hit one basket over the next eight minutes. San Diego State built the lead up to 13 at 53-40 with 10:25 to go. A jumper by Hannah Robertson stopped the bleeding, but the Aztecs eventually pushed the advantage to 15 at 62-47 at the 6:16 mark.
The RedHawks did not give up as a three-pointer from Hannah Robertson started a comeback attempt. A layup by Rupright followed by two free throws from Hannah Robertson cut the deficit to eight. On SDSU’s next possession, Brandt stole the ball and hit the layup to make it 64-58 with 2:03 to go. That would be as close as Miami could get, as back-to-back layups by the Aztecs allowed San Diego State to push the advantage back to double-digits and finish off a 75-64 win.
Miami finished the game shooting 18-for-41 (43.9 percent), while SDSU shot 29-for-78 (37.2 percent) for the game. The RedHawks drained 10 three-point baskets, while holding the Aztecs to 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) shooting from behind the arc.
After taking a break for the holidays, the RedHawks return to action on Sunday, Dec. 29 when they host Cleveland State at 1 p.m. That game is part of a doubleheader that will see the men’s basketball team take on Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m.