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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Women’s basketball breezes past Canisius College 72-47

Miami convincingly defeated Canisius College 72-47 on Sunday afternoon and remained undefeated at home this season. The RedHawks started slow against the visiting Golden Griffins, but settled in under the leadership of sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson. Dickerson scored 10 of the ’Hawks’ 16 first quarter points — the rest coming from Redshirt senior Megan Galloway. Dickerson got even hotter in the second quarter, going 4-for-5 from the field. She finished the half with 18 points, three rebounds and three assists. Miami’s defense also stepped up after the first quarter, holding Canisius to only seven points in the second. The...

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Women’s basketball wins one, loses one in LA

The RedHawks split their games over the weekend in the Loyola Marymount University Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles. The ‘Hawks lost to LMU 84-71 on Friday, and defeated Denver University 69-52 on Saturday. On Friday, Miami seemed to be in the driver’s seat in the first half against the Classic’s host, the LMU Lions. After scoring the first two buckets of the game, the ‘Hawks kept their lead for the rest of the half. Hitting a remarkable 8-of-11 from behind the arc in the first half — including going 5-for-5 in the first quarter — MU entered the break with a commanding nine-point lead at 42-33. The second half, however, was dominated by the hosts. The Lions owned the paint, and outscored the RedHawks in the second half 51-29. LMU took their first lead of the game, 57-56 just seconds into the fourth quarter. LMU would not look back, and completed the rally with a convincing 13-point victory. Junior guard Cheyanne Wallace finished the day with 30 points in as many minutes for the Lions, along with eight boards. Despite only hitting 3-of-14 three-pointers to the RedHawks’ 13-of-22, Loyola remained unbeaten Friday, pushing their record to 5-0. For the ‘Hawks, sophomore guard Lauren Dickerson strung together an impressive statline with 25 points and eight assists, going an astounding 7-for-12 from deep. Reeling from a disappointing loss the day before,...

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