’Hawks handle Eagles
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 21, 2013 23:01
Miami University’s women’s basketball team (11-6, 3-1 Mid-American Conference (MAC)) continued to improve its MAC record with a 70-48 win over Eastern Michigan University (3-14, 1-3 MAC) Sunday.
The RedHawks entered their game hoping to lower the amount of turnovers they commit. The ’Hawks had 20 turnovers against Ohio University Thursday and 18 against the Eagles. The ’Hawks numerous injuries are contributing to the turnovers.
“We haven’t had everyone at practice; you’re going to have turnovers.” Fantanarosa said.
Miami had to play the majority of the first half without their top rebounder, senior center Kirsten Olowinski, because of two early fouls but junior forward Erica Almady stepped in and led the team with 12 rebounds.
“[Almady] will do the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet,” senior Courtney Osborn said.
Eastern Michigan senior center India Hairston kept the Eagles close with eight first half points and five rebounds. She finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
“Eastern [Michigan] doesn’t go away,” Almady said. “They’re really aggressive.”
Osborn and junior guard Hannah Robertson helped the ’Hawks pull ahead with two three pointers each in the first half. Osborn finished with 18 points and Robertson finished with 13. Fantanarosa said that Osborn and Robertson had great games.
Olowinski finished one rebound short of her 37th career double-double, which would have increased the school record that she broke in the win over Ohio.
The ’Hawks led the Eagles 33-29 at the end of the first half and the second half was dominated by the ’Hawks, as the Red and White went on a 28-8 run to begin the second half.
Fantanarosa credited the RedHawks bench for the domination.
“We pushed the tempo,” Fantanarosa said. “Our depth can be a factor to pull away from teams.”
The RedHawks held the Eagles to 19 points in the second half, nine of which came in the last three minutes of the game when the ’Hawks had already pulled away.
“We just shut them down and did a great job in transition,” Osborn said.
The ’Hawks are aware of the tough test that lies ahead of them.
The RedHawks will travel to Bowling Green State University (12-6, 3-1 MAC) for a matchup against the Falcons.
“Bowling Green will be our toughest road game this year,” Fantanarosa said.
The ’Hawks will fight for MAC East Division supremacy at 7 p.m. in the new Stroh Center and Sunday’s performance has Fantanarosa hopeful.
“We’re just scratching the surface of how good we can be,” Fantanarosa said.