By Daniel Taylor, For The Miami Student
Miami University women's basketball picked up a crucial win Wednesday night, defeating Bowling Green State University 59-51.
The RedHawks (6-20, 3-12 Mid-American Conference) needed a win to move out of the basement in the MAC, a place they have been all season. Coupled with a Kent State University loss, Miami is now in fourth in the MAC East.
The loss put an injured Bowling Green (9-17, 2-13 MAC) into the basement of the conference.
The RedHawks dominated all night, leading for over 38 minutes of the contest.
For head coach Cleve Wright, it was a nice learning experience to play with a lead for an entire game.
"Our team grew tonight," Wright said. "We learned tonight."
All was not perfect for the Red and White however.
Miami had a 15-point lead at one point, but allowed the Falcons to close to within two in the second half.
"It's great to be in those situations so you can learn," Wright said.
Junior forward Hannah McCue set the tone for the RedHawks with a double-double, scoring 14 points and adding 10 boards.
McCue had the hot hand behind the arc. She came in shooting just 18 percent, but knocked down 4 of 7 attempts.
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McCue said the freshmen were into the game and played with intensity.
"When they [freshmen] start getting into it, it makes it so much more fun of a game," McCue said.
The freshmen progression has helped Miami to creep up in MAC standings, and Wright said seeing the growth has been fun.
"It's a credit to our team, how hard they work," Wright said. "Our team sees this as a foundation and we're building that foundation."
One of those freshmen, guard Baleigh Reid, had another solid night, finishing with a game-high 15 points and adding seven rebounds.
Senior guard Courtney Larson added 12 points.
Saturday is the last home game of Larson's and fifth-year senior Katy Dolesh's careers. They will both be honored in pre-game ceremonies.
The team has some added motivation for the home game, as it wants to give Larson and Dolesh a proper send-off.
"It would be really great to get a last win for those two," Mc