Saturday's Women's Basketball Results
Miami 62, Nevada 49
Illinois-Chicago 66, Northern Illinois 61
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 62, Nevada 49
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.
Illinois-Chicago 66, Northern Illinois 61
CHICAGO - Kicking off a season long five-game road trip, Northern Illinois fell 66-61 in overtime to Illinois Chicago at UIC Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The Huskies (4-6) put together a strong first half but were outscored by the Flames (3-7) in the second half and overtime as UIC's Rachel Story erupted for 20 of her game-high 23 points.
"We really played individually and didn't play well together as a team down the stretch," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "Our defensive intensity wasn't good in the second half - we gave up 37 points. We have to make shots, too. We missed too many easy opportunities."
The toughest stretch of the season for NIU started off the right way, with Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) scoring 15 of her team-high 19 points in the first half, including hitting a trio of three-pointers in a row to start the game. The Huskies opened the game making eight of their first 10 shots. With solid movement and unselfish play - seven assists on 10 baskets -- NIU methodically took a nine-point lead midway through the first half and ended it with a 28-20 edge.
Not only was the offense running well with a 41.7 shooting percentage, the defense stifled UIC to the tune of a 26.1 shooting percentage at the half. NIU was getting easy looks and making the Flames really work.
Then the tide completely turned after the break. The Flames jumped out to a 6-0 run to start the second and had a noticeable change in play, which led to easier looks for them and tougher shots for NIU. The Huskies shot 41.9 percent in the second half, while UIC posted a 52.2 percentage. The bulk of the UIC damage was done by Story, who attacked the paint and shot 9-for-13 from the foul line - 8-for-10 in the second half and overtime.
UIC used an 18-6 run over the first 11 minutes of the second half to take a 38-34 lead. A few minutes later, a jumper, steal by Story in a full-court press and dish to Emily Kobel for a three gave the Flames their largest lead of the game, 48-42, with 4:40 left.
A three-point play by Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial/Wisconsin) and inbound layup by Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola) quickly brought the Huskies back within a point. NIU then exchanged baskets for UIC free throws until Buggs struck again with a critical drive, bump and fade-away jumper while getting fouled. The bucket tied the game with 49 seconds left and gave Buggs a chance to give NIU the lead again, but she missed the free throw.
The NIU defense contested and withstood three attempts by the Flames to end the game and forced overtime for the first time all year. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they shot 1-for-9 in overtime with three turnovers while UIC went 5-for-6 from the foul line as the Flames continued to attack the basket. Story had seven of UIC's nine points in the period, including scoring the first four points on two jumpers to give UIC a cushion it didn't relinquish.
For the fifth straight game, Corral scored in a double figures by tallying 19 for the third time this season. Buggs scored 13 in 25 minutes of action. Taylor totaled 12 points along with six rebounds, a career-high five assists and three steals.
The win for UIC was its third straight in the series and gave the Flames a 3-2 record at home this season.
The Huskies continue their road trip with Virginia's Holiday Inn University Area Cavalier Classic next weekend. NIU starts the event with a 3:30 p.m. CT contest against Xavier in Charlottesville, Va. on Dec. 28.