Courtesy of Miami Athletic Communications
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s basketball team held the high-powered Duquesne offense in check for more than a half, but a 17-0 run in the middle of the second half proved to be the difference in a 78-58 Dukes win on Tuesday. The RedHawks fall to 1-4 on the season, while Duquesne improves to 5-2.
Senior guard Hannah Robertson continued her strong play as of late. She finished with a team-high 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting. That included 4-for-5 from behind the arc. The four 3-point makes tied a career-high. She also contributed a team-high tying six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in 32 minutes of action.
The game could not have started any better for Miami. Hannah Robertson and freshman forward Nicole Anderson drained back-to-back three-pointers, while senior center Kelsey Simon followed with a layup. The RedHawk defense forced the Dukes into long contested shots that they were unable to connect on. Another three-pointer by Hannah Robertson made it 11-0. After Duquesne finally got on the board with a layup at the 15:04 mark, a jumper by freshman guard Jillian Spurlock gave Miami a 13-2 lead with 14:04 remaining in the first half.
The RedHawks’ shot went cold, as they were unable to score another point for the next six minutes. The Dukes were slowly able to work their way back into the game, finally taking a 15-13 lead at the 7:57 mark. Senior guard Haley Robertson answered with eight straight points on back-to-back three-pointers and a jumper that put the ‘Hawks up, 21-15. A jumper and two free throws from sophomore forward Hannah McCue made it a 12-0 run and gave Miami a 25-15 lead with 3:30 to go.
The RedHawks were in foul trouble throughout the first half. Duquesne took advantage by making eight free throw shots in the final three minutes to pull within five at 28-23. April Robinson then hit a 35-foot shot at the buzzer to send the Dukes into the break trailing by only two at 28-26.
Miami was only able to hit 30.3 percent (10-for-33) of its shot in the first half, but its great defense held Duquesne to 22.2 percent (6-for-27) shooting. The Dukes were able to stay in the game by hitting 12-for-19 from the free throw line. Haley Robertson led the ‘Hawks with eight points, while Hannah Robertson had seven.
Duquesne started the second half on a 10-4 run to open up a 36-32 lead with 15:50 to go. The RedHawks fought back as senior forward Erica Almady was fouled while making a layup. She hit the free throw to complete the three-point play. A jumper by Hannah Robertson and a free throw from junior guard Kindsay Brandt put Miami in front, 38-36, with 12:58 remaining in the contest.
Over the next four minutes, the Dukes went on a 17-0 run to take control at 53-38 with 8:41 to go. Brandt and Anderson each found Hannah Robertson for back-to-back layups that cut the advantage to 11, but a quick 4-1 run by Duquesne made it 57-43 at the 7:07 mark. Hannah Robertson continued to try to bring the RedHawks back, draining a three-pointer to make it 57-46, but the Dukes answered with a 9-2 run that put the game out of reach at 65-48 with 5:19 to go. Anderson and McCue each hit layups down the stretch, but Duquesne was able to finish off the 78-58 victory.
Miami finished the game shooting 21-for-56 (35.6 percent), including an impressive 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from behind the three-point line. After shooting 56.7 percent in the second half, the Dukes finished 23-for-57 (40.4 percent) for the game. They were 29-for-38 (76.3 percent) from the free throw line.
In addition to Hannah Robertson’s 19 points, Haley Robertson finished with eight, while Spurlock had seven. Duquesne had a 42-37 rebounding edge on the ‘Hawks, and was led by Robinson with 19 points.
After a quick break for Thanksgiving, Miami returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Florida State at 2 p.m. Tim Bray has the call and it can be heard live on WMOH, and seen on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.