The Miami University women’s basketball team fell to Bowling Green State University Wednesday, 73-56.
In their previous matchup Feb. 9, the RedHawks lost by 46 points to Mid-American Conference leading Bowling Green.
Miami head coach Cleve Wright said things were different for the RedHawks the second time around.
“I think we came out stronger,” Wright said. “I think we came out more together. Our energy was much better, and I think that showed. I’m hoping that we take some confidence from the loss and carry it forward.”
The ‘Hawks (7-21, 3-14 MAC) jumped on the Falcons (26-3, 16-1 MAC) early and often, as Miami held a 14-6 lead 10 minutes into the game.
“I think [the fast start] helped tremendously,” Wright said. “It helped sustain our energy. Bowling Green is very good team, we just wanted to try to do some things that could keep them from being like a machine, because sometimes they’re like a machine.”
The Falcons led the ‘Hawks 30-24 after 20 minutes, and Miami played them closely for much of the second half.
At the 13:51 mark of the second half, senior guard Hannah Robertson was whistled for her fourth foul of the game, forcing Wright to bench one of his top players.
Freshman forward Nicole Anderson was in foul trouble early in the second half, as she was called for her third foul just over a minute into the half.
Wright typically plays around 10 players every game, but he said the fouls hurt the ‘Hawks.
“I wish [our depth] would’ve helped us a little bit more,” Wright said. “I thought [Anderson] came out aggressive. The foul she got is the kind of foul you want your post player to get. She was trying to go for a board and she ended up going over the back.”
The RedHawks were led by Robertson, who scored 19 points in 32 minutes of action.
Sophomore Jessica Rupright contributed eight points in 14 minutes as she returned to the court after battling an injury.
“It was a good feel getting back into the rhythm,” Rupright said. “I felt a little out of shape, but that’s expected after being out a couple weeks. Overall, I felt well.”
The RedHawks were able to outrebound the Falcons 47-35.
The ‘Hawks shot 34.4 percent from the field and 17.2 percent from behind the arc in the loss.
The ‘Hawks return to action Saturday against archrival Ohio University (9-19, 4-13).
Miami will try to avoid the season sweep and snap its eight-game losing streak.
Rupright said the ‘Hawks will treat the Bobcats like any other opponent.
“We’re going to work hard in the next few days of practice,” Rupright said. “We’ll prepare for [Ohio] just like we do for every other team and I think that will help us.”
Saturday’s tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m., after the conclusion of the men’s Miami vs. Ohio game.