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‘Hawks drop seventh straight game

By Daniel Taylor, For The Miami Student

The losing streak now sits at seven for the Miami University women's basketball team following a 66-53 loss to Bowling Green State University Saturday.

The RedHawks only managed nine points in the first half in what was their worst shooting half of the season. The team only managed to go just 4-28 from the field.

Miami (3-15, 0-7 Mid-American Conference) looked hot at the beginning, scoring seven points in the first seven minutes to launch them into a 7-5 lead.

The Falcons (9-9, 2-5 MAC) put together runs of 17 and nine points, separated by a Jazz Smith layup.

Heading into half, BGSU led 31-9. Redshirt freshman Kennedy Kirkpatrick led the way and eventually finished with a team high 18 points.

"Disappointed in the first half," head coach Cleve Wright said. "The hole got dug way too deep."

The 'Hawks tried to put together a comeback, plowing their way to a 44-point half.

Junior forward Hannah McCue scored two of her team leading 18 points on a pair of free throws to get the Red and White within eight.

But, that was as close as the Miami got, as the Falcons coasted their way to the 13-point victory.

"Happy about our heart that we showed in the second half," Wright said.

The team drained 50 percent of their shots from the field, converting on 16 of their 32 attempts.

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McCue's hot hand was key to the turnaround. She went 5-8 within a 12-minute stretch. She dropped 16 of her 18 in the second.

"I just found my shot," McCue said. "Just tried to set myself up and put myself in a position to put some points on the board."

The team also cut down on turnovers. They have averaged 20.5 per game in their first 17 games, but only coughed it up 10 times Saturday.

"We need to fight a whole lot harder, a whole lot longer," Wright said.

The fight comes to Oxford this Wednesday when a familiar foe rolls into town.

The RedHawks will try to stop the losing skid when the MAC West leaders, Ball State University, visit.

The Cardinals (9-9, 5-2) and 'Hawks have already met once this season. That matchup resulted in a 72-41 blowout loss for Miami.

McCue pegged turnovers as the area of concern.

"If we cut down on turnovers, we would've had a chance to win," McCue said following the loss.

The RedHawks had 31 turnovers in that game.

Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Millett Hall.