Updated Wed, Mar 6, 2013 10:20 pm
The Miami RedHawks spoiled Senior Night for the Ohio Bobcats, as the home team fell to their rival, 66-61.
Miami’s victory was fueled by senior point guard Courtney Osborn. The Redhawks’ all time leading scorer accounted for 21 points on the night, hitting three baskets from behind the arc. With 43 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 59, Osborn buried a three-pointer that gave her team the lead for good.
Ohio battled hard throughout the contest to keep itself within close range of the RedHawks, but it only managed just one lead at 31-30 in the first half.
After falling behind 7-2 early in the first half, the ‘Cats cut Miami’s lead to just two points at 10-8. That was a recurring theme for Ohio, as time and time again, the Bobcats got within a basket of tying the RedHawks, only to fall further behind again.
A Miami layup put the score at 27-18 but the Green and White went on a 13-3 run en route to their first lead of the game. Sophomore Mariah Byard led the rally with eight points aided by two big threes. 12 of Byard’s 14 points on the night came from behind the arc.
Following Ohio’s brief lead, Hannah Robertson buried a three to give Miami a 33-31 lead, and both teams went into the half with the score at 33-32.
Down 54-46 late in the second half, the Bobcats rallied again to tie the game at 59, following a Shavon Robinson layup.
Osborn’s three-ball in the closing minute of the game was her team’s 10th in 18 attempts. The RedHawks shooters were on top of their game, shooting 55.6 percent from three-point land.
Though the away team had the lead, they still had to make their free throws to maintain it, as Miami hit four straight free throws to close the game. Miami was very efficient from the charity stripe. The RedHawks missed just one of the 13 free throws they attempted.
With the loss the Bobcats fall to 1-15 in the Mid-American Conference. They will now set their sights on the MAC Tournament, which starts on Saturday.