Miami loses overtime heartbreaker to OU

The RedHawks dropped their fourth straight game Saturday, losing to conference rival Ohio University 92-87 in overtime. It was Miami’s sixth straight loss to Ohio in their history of “The Battle of the Bricks.” Despite overcoming what was once a 15-point deficit in the second half, the ‘Hawks (13-14, 6-8 MAC) couldn’t close out the game against the Bobcats (11-14, 4-9 MAC) in Athens. In three of the its last four games, Miami has lost by five points or fewer. “I think the guys are competing, they’re putting forth the effort,” head coach Jack Owens said at his weekly...

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Women’s basketball beats Kent State, rides momentum into final stretch

The RedHawks topped Kent State 65-59 on Saturday for its sixth win in the team’s last seven games. With four games left on the season, the ’Hawks have seen significant improvement under first-year head coach Megan Duffy. If Miami can win three of its next four, the RedHawks would finish with the most wins since their 2012-13 season. They have already exceeded last season’s win total by five games. The RedHawks (16-9, 8-6 Mid-American Conference) dished out 17 assists against the Golden Flashes (11-15, 4-10 MAC), leading to an important road victory. Sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson tallied 13 points and eight assists on the afternoon. Dickerson’s shooting struggles of late continued, as she went 4-of-13. The Red and White did a respectable job taking care of the ball, limiting their turnovers to nine, while forcing 14. Five different ’Hawks had scores in double figures led by junior forward Kendall McCoy with her 14 points. Junior guard Leah Purvis and senior forward Kayla Brown both tallied 11. Sophomore forward Savannah Kluesner scored 12. The RedHawks return to the greater-Cleveland area Wednesday when they take on the struggling Akron Zips (8-17, 2-12 MAC). The game tips off at 7...

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Offensive woes plague RedHawks against Buffalo

On Saturday, Miami hosted the University of Buffalo in the teams’ second matchup of the season. After losing a tight 72-67 game in Buffalo earlier this season, the RedHawks were looking to knock off UB, who sat one ahead of Miami at the top of the Mid-American Conference East division. Following Wednesday’s 67-58 victory against Toledo, the Red and White were riding a five-game win streak into the matchup against Buffalo (19-4, 10-2 MAC). Things didn’t go as planned for the ‘Hawks, who fell 64-49 at the hands of the visitors. Offensively, it was perhaps the poorest game Miami...

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RedHawks win tight matchup at Bowling Green

Miami women’s basketball traveled to face Bowling Green on Saturday, and came away from the Stroh Center with their third straight road victory, winning 66-62. Entering the game with a 5-6 record away from home, the RedHawks (14-8, 6-5 MAC) were considered favorites over a struggling Falcons (10-12, 2-9 MAC) squad that sits second to last in the Mid-American Conference East. However, neither the ’Hawks nor BGSU could pull away by more than five points during the entire game. Sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson dominated the first-half highlights by scoring 22 of her 24 total points in the first 20 minutes of the game. She has reached or eclipsed the 20-point mark in six of the last seven games. Miami carried a 33-32 lead into the break. Once again, Dickerson’s first half performance forced the opposing team to manage her. In the second half, she dished out six assists, while junior guard Leah Purvis and sophomore forward Savannah Kluesner stepped up as Dickerson went cold from the field. Purvis and Kluesner combined for 20 of the team’s 33 second-half points. On a day where Miami only managed to shoot 38 percent from the field, it was its shooting ability that pushed the RedHawks ahead of the Falcons in the end. Down to the wire, the game remained close and Bowling Green found themselves ahead 62-61 with 51 seconds left on the...

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Women’s basketball beats OU for the first time in five years

The RedHawks secured a much needed win in front of a home crowd Saturday, defeating Mid-American Conference rival Ohio University 64-55. It was Miami’s first victory over OU since the 2012-13 season. Led by sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson’s 27 points (11-of-22 shooting), five assists and five steals, Miami held off a late push from the Bobcats. The RedHawks move to 12-8 on the season, and 4-5 in the MAC. “I’m just really proud of our group,” head coach Megan Duffy said, “We kind of hung in there for 40 minutes, we had a confidence about us. For our group to understand that, if we bring a toughness and a mentality coming in, we have a chance to be the underdog and knock off some of the bigger teams.” It was clear from the outset the rivalry between Miami and Ohio is one of the strongest in the Midwest, as both teams traded baskets early in the first quarter. Dickerson got off to a hot start, hitting all five of her first quarter shots for 10 points. Bobcats sophomore guard Dominique Doseck went 3-of-3 for eight points in the first quarter, and kept things close. The period finished favoring the RedHawks, 19-15. Doseck finished with 18 points. Ohio increased its defensive pressure in the second quarter, pushing the Miami turnover total into double-digits before the end of the half. Dickerson...

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