Sunday's Women's Basketball Results
Bowling Green 67, Ohio 41
Miami 70, Eastern Michigan 48
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Bowling Green 67, Ohio 41
ATHENS, Ohio – A hot-shooting Bowling Green team came away from The Convocation Center with a win on Sunday, as the Falcons beat the Ohio Bobcats by a final score of 67-41. The loss dropped Ohio to 5-11 (0-4 Mid-American Conference) and improved Bowling Green to 12-5 (3-1).
Three Bobcats scored in double figures on Sunday afternoon, as Kiyanna Black (14 points), Symone Lyles (11), and Erin Bailes (10) all had solid offensive outings. Lyles was just one point off of tying her career high, a mark which she achieved against UNC-Wilmington during the 2010-11 season. These three student-athletes combined for 85 percent of Ohio’s points on Sunday, as the Bobcats struggled against the strongest defense in the MAC, shooting 15-51 (29.4 percent) on the afternoon.
Black’s game-high 14 points marked the 10th time this season she has scored at least 10 points. One of the league’s top-scoring freshmen, the Columbus native has achieved at least 12 points in four of her last five games.
Bowling Green won in large part thanks to a very balanced offensive effort, with all 10 participating players scoring at least two points. Miriam Justinger led the way for the visitors, scoring 13 points on 5-9 shooting from the field. The Falcons shot 58.3 percent in the first half and ended the game at a clip of 48.1 percent (second best of the season for BG), going 26-54 from the floor. Bowling Green was very effective from beyond the arc, shooting 8-17 (47.1 percent) from range.
Ohio took an early 3-2 advantage 31 seconds into the contest when Black (Columbus, Ohio) hit a three-pointer after a nice pass from Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.). Bowling Green answered back quickly, going on a 10-0 run during the next 5:07 to leap out to a 12-3 advantage. Once Ohio cut the lead to three points (13-10), the Falcons went on a 12-0 run to grasp a 25-10 advantage at the 8:43 mark.
The teams played a balanced final eight minutes of the first half, with the visitors outscoring Ohio 9-7.
Bowling Green shot a brisk 58 percent clip (14-24) in the first half, a mark which included a 5-8 (62.5 percent) success rate from three-point range. The MAC-leading Falcon defense forced Ohio into 11 turnovers and only allowed the Bobcats to shoot 24 percent (6-25) from the field. Through the first 20 minutes of play, Black and BG’s Miriam Justinger were tied atop the score sheet, each chipping in eight points to their team’s scoring efforts.
Ohio was outscored by just seven (31-24) during the final 20 minutes of the game and shot an improved 34.6 percent. Bailes had a strong second half, scoring eight of her 10 points in the final stanza.
Ohio will next be in action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 against Central Michigan. The Bobcats and Chippewas will tip off at 7 p.m. from The Convocation Center.
Miami 70, Eastern Michigan 48
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's basketball team let Eastern Michigan hang around, but not for long.
The RedHawks pulled away in the second half, earning a 70-48 victory over the Eagles Sunday afternoon at Millett Hall.
Miami (11-6 overall, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) has won three straight and is 5-1 in its last six games.
"Finally a big win," MU coach Maria Fantanarosa said. "We've talked to the team about when you get a lead, continuing to build that lead. We feel like we can be a deep team, we feel like we have a lot of talent and today in the second half - with some defensive adjustments - you got to see the up-tempo (offense we've been hoping for)."
Miami, which led 33-29 at halftime, struggled in the first 15 minutes, giving up easy baskets in the paint. The hosts were outscored 24-10 down low despite holding a 22-14 advantage on the boards.
Eastern Michigan (3-14, 1-3 MAC) led 25-20 with 6:49 left, but the RedHawks started to pack in the zone and force the visitors to take outside shots. Miami closed out the first half with a 13-4 run and broke the game open after the break.
"The last five minutes of the first half our defense, we just shut them down," said senior point guard Courtney Osborn, who had a team-high 18 points with four assists. "We had ball pressure, obviously they didn't hit outside shots and when they did get the ball down low, we contested it and we blocked out."
Osborn continued, "We did a great job in transition today. That really sparked our offense in the second half."
The RedHawks didn't allow an EMU field goal until the 6:33 mark and held the Eagles to 34.5 percent shooting. Eastern Michigan also struggled from both beyond the arc and the charity stripe, shooing 3-for-17 and 5-of-17, respectively.
Miami was 38.6 percent from the floor and 6-of-22 from deep. The hosts were also solid from the free throw line, making 20-of-24 attempts.
"Our offense started to click today," Osborn said. "You saw our timing get better and things started to roll."
The RedHawks outscored the Eagles 37-19 after the break and stepped up their play inside, as four post players finished with six points or more.
Kirsten Olowinski, despite foul trouble in the first half, tallied 12 points and nine rebounds, while Erica Almady finished with six points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
Jessica Rupright chipped in six points and seven boards, while Hannah McCue scored six points and had two rebounds.
"I thought we had a lot of contributions from every post player that played," Fantanarosa said.
Miami had 18 second-chance points, compared to EMU's two. The RedHawks also outrebounded the Eagles, 50-30.
Junior guard Hannah Robertson scored 13 points and added eight rebounds.
"I'm really confident in where we are right now and we are going to keep making strides," Almady said.
Next up, Miami travels to play Bowling Green Wednesday at 7 p.m.