Ten jump ropes whirred rhythmically on Thursday evening at Chestnut Field House. The pitter-patter of sneakers hitting the gym floor almost matched the drops of rain hitting the sidewalk outside, and not long after, the sweat of the Miami club boxers matched the humidity of the March evening in Oxford.
On March 15, the RedHawks’ remarkable season came to an end with a 69-56 loss against Duquesne University in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Miami finished the year 21-11 in front of a home crowd at Millett Hall, and kept up with the Dukes for three quarters before slipping behind in the fourth.
After a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds of the Mid-American Conference tournament semi-finals, the women’s basketball team will compete in the National Invitational Tournament tomorrow night. The RedHawks will host Duquesne University at Millett Hall for the first round of the NIT.
The excitement was tangible at the Quicken Loans Arena this weekend. Miami’s fans, though outnumbered, were louder. Miami men’s and women’s basketball, though statistically inferior to their opponents, were desperate and energized. There was little room for error and nerves.
CLEVELAND — When Miami took the court against top-ranked Central Michigan University on Friday morning, they did so with nothing to lose. Under the bright lights of the Quicken Loans Arena, the ‘Hawks suited up for the program’s first semi-final game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in 10 years.
Miami women’s will face Ohio for the Mid-American Conference tournament quarterfinals, after earning a first-round bye last week and finishing the regular season with a 58-35 win.
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