Women’s basketball loses 61-58 to No. 1 CMU

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. Despite mounting a furious comeback against the Chippewas, the RedHawks fell short in the game’s final minutes and lost 61-58. “Really proud of our team,” head coach Megan Duffy said. “I think we gave Central everything we had.” Boasting a 26-4 record with only one conference loss, senior forward and...

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RedHawks head to Cleveland following win over KSU, first-round bye

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. The ‘Hawks (20-9, 12-6 MAC) regular-season finale over Kent State (12-18, 5-13 MAC) was a defensive performance for the record books — the game was logged as the seventh-lowest scoring total allowed in program history. Before the game, Miami’s four seniors — Jazz Smith, Kayla Brown, Molly McDonagh and Megan Galloway — were recognized in a short ceremony. “We’ve been through a lot together these last four years,” McDonagh said. “Coach [Megan]...

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RedHawks demolish Bowling Green, jump to second in MAC East  

The ‘Hawks handily defeated BGSU on Saturday 92-64, vaulting them into second place in the Mid-American Conference East Division. Miami has won eight of their last nine heading into its final two games of the season. The Falcons (10-17, 2-14 MAC) entered the game with the worst conference record in the MAC, and left Oxford with their 10th straight loss. The RedHawks won their third in a row (18-9, 10-6 MAC) and improve their home record to 10-3. Junior forward Kendall McCoy led the RedHawks with 25 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter. She showed off her range by knocking down three three-pointers within the first four minutes of the game. One gave the Red & White an 8-5 lead — establishing a lead that would remain intact for the entirety of the game. As a team, Miami hit 13 threes, but perhaps even more respectable is they did so on only 21 attempts. “To score 92 points was pretty impressive for our team,” head coach Megan Duffy said. “Thirty points in the first quarter, we were getting into ‘let’s just make this an offensive game’ which is not what we do sometimes.” The Falcons would come within 12 points in the third quarter after knocking down four three-pointers of their own to start the half, however the ‘Hawks pushed their lead back to 16 before...

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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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