Tuesday's Women's Basketball Results
Miami 72, Wright State 54
Indiana State 58, Northern Illinois 52
South Dakota State 66, Eastern Michigan 65
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 72, Wright State 54
OXFORD, Ohio – Kirsten Olowinski's double-double helped the Miami University women's basketball team power past Wright State, 72-54, Tuesday afternoon at Millett Hall. The RedHawks improved to 5-3 overall, while the Raiders dropped to 2-4.
The game marked the fifth-annual Class of the Court contest, which had more than 1,600 students from the Talawanda School District in attendance.
"This is my favorite game of the year," MU coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "The atmosphere in here was a lot of fun."
Olowinski, a senior forward, nailed two free throws at the 17:01 mark of the second half to become the 21st player in Miami history to score 1,000 career points. She finished the game with 12 points and 17 rebounds. The double-double was her third of the season and the 33rd of her career.
"It's a great accomplishment," she said. "It gives you that much more pride in being a Miami athlete."
Senior point guard Courtney Osborn had a team-high 16 points with three assists, while junior forward Erica Almady had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.
Hannah Robertson, who sparked a 13-0 run to begin the game, finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Miami, which led 39-21 at halftime and never trailed, shot 44.6 percent from the field and 36.4 from beyond the arc. The RedHawks outrebounded the Raiders 49-35.
"We were moving the ball very well today, we were rebounding, we were playing defense and we were playing as a good, solid team," Olowinski said. "We took a very big step forward today as a team. It was great."
Wright State was held to 30.3 percent shooting and 25 percent from downtown. The Raiders' Kim Demmings led all scorers with 21 points.
WSU chipped the RedHawks' first-half lead down to 10 points at the 3:51 mark, but an Almady layup and back-to-back buckets by Olowinski pushed the host's lead to 35-19. Almady scored the final hoop of the half to round out the 8-0 run.
Miami held a 20-point lead, its largest of the game, after a Robertson layup with 15:18 to go in the second half. The RedHawks cruised the rest of the way and have now won back-to-back games and five of their last seven.
Haley Robertson chipped in eight points and Courtney Larson had four. Jessica Rupright finished with three.
Next up, Miami travels to play Cleveland State Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
The RedHawks are away from home for several weeks before hosting Ohio Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Indiana State 58, Northern Illinois 52
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Despite another strong outing by Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart), the Northern Illinois women's basketball team fell 58-52 to Indiana State at Hulman Center Tuesday night. The win was the first for ISU (5-2) over NIU (3-4) in the last four games in the series as the Sycamores notched their fifth straight home win.
The Syamores' streak dates back to last season as they are now 4-0 at home in 2012-13 and 25-8 overall in three years under head coach Teri Moren, who is 29-3 when holding opponents under 61 points. Dropping to 1-3 on the road, NIU struggled to handle the ball against a 3-2 zone that was frequently employed by ISU, forcing a season-high 26 turnovers by the Huskies - 19 of which were steals by ISU.
"I was really disappointed with our guard play and how loose they were with the ball and the tunnel vision they had against that 3-2 zone," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "It was frustrating. Amanda (Corral) kept us in the ball game. We have a lot to work on and we'll work as hard as we can to get it going."
Turnovers weren't the only thing that cost NIU as ISU controlled the paint. The Sycamores had a 12-5 advantage in offensive rebounds which led to an 11-3 edge in second chance points. They also held a 32-14 discrepancy in points in the paint, the most points NIU has surrendered in the paint all season.
Most of the damage on the glass was done by ISU's Racheal Mahan, who had 17 rebounds, seven offensive, and 12 points. Then down the stretch, ISU sealed the game at the free throw line as Taylor Whitley went 6-for-8 and Anna Munn went a perfect 10-for-10. ISU went only 1-for-2 from the stripe but went 16-for-24 in the second half.
NIU put together a decent shooting performance but turnovers and control of the offensive glass were too much to overcome. The Huskies shot 43.9 percent from the field overall, 5-for-12 from the three-point line, and 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Corral led the way scoring 15 of her 19 points in the second half. It's the second straight game she has scored 19, two shy of tying her career high, since missing most of two games with an ankle injury. She also added three rebounds and three assists without committing a turnover.
The Huskies started the game strong defensively, forcing ISU to miss its first seven shots. Meanwhile, NIU made shots on four of its first five possessions to take an early 9-4 lead. After an 11-2 Sycamores run thanks to five offensive rebounds and six second chance points, NIU forced six ISU turnovers to take a 19-13 lead with 6:59 left. However, ISU ended the half on a 10-3 run with help from five NIU turnovers to grab a 23-22 lead.
Just like the first half, the Huskies started the second strong as well. In each team's first four possessions, NIU seized the momentum scoring on three of its first four and forcing two turnovers and two missed shots to hand ISU four empty trips. The 7-0 run led to a 29-23 NIU lead with 17:40 left.
ISU climbed within two points a few minutes later, but Corral answered with a step-back three to put NIU up 34-29 to end a three-minute scoreless stretch. After forcing another missed shot, NIU took its largest lead of the game on the next possession as Jenna Thorp (Hinckley, Ill./Hinckley-Big Rock) hit two free throws to make it a 36-39 game with 12:38 left.
It seemed like NIU was poised to get a rare win at Hulman Center but ISU went to its 3-2 zone again to force seven Huskie turnovers during a 13-0 run that gave the Sycamores a 45-38 lead with 5:50 remaining. The run started with a three-point play and included ISU's only three-pointer of the game.
NIU got within one point, 46-45 with 4:32 left, after a three and two free throws from Corral. But, moments later, a costly substitution error in which NIU had six players on the court led to a pair of ISU made free throws and a floater in the lane that put the Sycamores up 52-45. NIU then never got closer than four points the rest of the way as ISU went 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch.
NIU has an 11-day layoff due to finals week before its next game at DePaul on Dec. 15 in Chicago.
South Dakota State 66, Eastern Michigan 65
BROOKINGS, S.D. (EMUEagles.com) – The first meeting between the two schools was a memorable as Megan Waytashek's layup with 9.8 seconds remaining gave the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits a come-from-behind victory over the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team, 66-65, at Frost Arena, Dec. 4.
Miranda Tate (Bolinbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook) scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field while Amber Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio-Beachwood) tallied 11 points to go with seven rebounds for the Eagles, who drop to 1-7 on the season.
The Jackrabbits were led in scoring by Waytashek and Ashley Eide who scored 17 points and 15 points, respectively.
Eastern outshot South Dakota State, shooting a season-best 48.1 percent from the floor while forcing 22 turnovers and holding the Jackrabbits to a 40.4 shooting percentage. SDSU provided aggressive defense that ended up forcing 27 turnovers. The teams' tough defenses paid off for 46 combined points off turnovers.
Both teams missed crucial free throws down the stretch with EMU going 9-of-16 from the charity stripe while SDSU converted 15-of-22 free throws.
The game started sloppy with both teams turning the ball over and failing to score. South Dakota State broke the scoreless tie with a fast break layup. However, Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) responded with a baseline jumper for Eastern to tie the game. Following another Jackrabbit basket, EMU took its first lead of the game, 5-4 with 15:01 remaining in the first half, courtesy of a corner three-pointer by Tate.
The Eagles crashed the boards as Tate and Chelsea Hite (Ligonier, Ind.-West Noble) added offensive put-backs to increase the EMU lead to three. Two minutes later, Taylor Bird (Lawrence, Kan.-Lawrence) found India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) on the block for a bucket plus the foul. Hairston converted the free throw for the old-fashioned three-point play, and Tate hit a jumper on the next possession to give the Green and White a 20-13 lead with 8:52 remaining in the opening stanza.
Eastern increased its lead to double-digits, 26-16, after turning back-to-back steals into points on both possessions. However, the Jackrabbits responded with a 7-0 run to make it a three point game, 26-23, with 4:25 left in the first half.
With the Eagles leading by six, SDSU's Gabrielle Boever took a steal and swished a running three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the deficit to three as Eastern Michigan took a 32-29 lead into the locker room. The 32 first-half points were a season-high for the Eagles.
EMU's stifling defense forced 16 first-half turnovers. On the offensive side of the floor, Eastern shot 50 percent in the opening half led by 11 points from Tate.
Unlike the first half, the Eagles came out on fire shooting 6-of-8 to begin the second half and doubling their lead, 45-39, with 15:15 to go in the contest.
Using pressure defense with their guards, South Dakota State forced a few turnovers and were able to cut the lead to 52-51. Once again, EMU responded as a Bogard put-back followed by a Bird three gave the Green and White a 57-51 lead with 8:03 remaining.
With 3:48 on the clock, the Jackrabbits sank two free throws to cut the lead to one. Nonetheless, Tate came up big again hitting a clutch shot from beyond the arc to make the game a four point differential. Following an exchange where each team made a free throw, Eastern held a 65-61 advantage with just 1:21 left in the game.
Out of a timeout, the Jackrabbits hit a three-ball from the corner to make it a one point game with 1:09 left on the clock.
On the next offensive possession, Eastern gave the ball right back to the Jacks. However, Hairston's solid defense down in the post forced a traveling violation to give EMU the ball back with a 65-64 lead with 33.6 seconds to go.
Applying pressure, SDSU was too aggressive and fouled Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.- Waterford Mott), sending her to the line for two shots. Thomas missed both attempts, and South Dakota State grabbed the rebound, calling a timeout with 20.7 seconds left.
The timeout paid off for SDSU as Hannah Strop found Waytashek on a backdoor cut to give the Jackrabbits a 66-65 lead with 9.8 seconds left. Thomas drove down for a tightly-contested layup that rolled off of the iron, giving SDSU the victory.
The Green and White will be back in action in one week to host the University of Michigan, Dec. 11, with a 7 p.m. tip from the Convocation Center. This will be the final game of the “Beat the BIG 10 Challenge” where fans in attendance can enter to win an apartment for a year. For more information along with other ticket deals, check out EMUEagles.com.