(updated 10:10 p.m.) Miami women roll past Falcons, 76-61 (2-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 February 2013 17:50

OXFORD — Courtney Osborn had her way with the Bowling Green Falcons’ women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon.
The senior standout for Miami scored 33 points and had seven assists as the RedHawks defeated the Falcons, 76-61.
With the loss, Bowling Green is 17-9 overall and 8-5 in the Mid-American Conference, dropping out of a first-place tie with Akron into a second place tie with Miami.

“We ran into a little bit of a buzz-saw,” BG head coach Jennifer Roos said about Osborn and the RedHawks, who shot 55.8 percent from the field. “They were the hunters today and we were the team that was hunted.
“We’re not going to think about this one,” Roos added. ‘‘I told the team to walk out of the locker room with their heads held high and start thinking about Buffalo.”
Osborn, who went over the 2,000-point mark for her career during the game, was the spark in the first half when Miami took control of the game.
With Bowling Green holding a 10-5 lead, Miami went on a 14-0 run to take a lead it would never relinquish. In the run, Osborn scored five points and had three assists leading to seven points.
Jillian Halfhill’s free throw stopped Miami’s run with 10:52 left in the first half. Then 39 seconds later Halfhill’s three-point play started a 9-0 BG run, cutting Miami’s lead to four points, 24-20, with 8:55 left.
However, the Falcons could not trim the deficit any further.
Osborn had 22 points and five assists in the first half as the RedHawks held a 41-32 edge at the break.
Erica Almady scored to push Miami’s lead into double digits in the first minute of the second half and the Falcons could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Halfhill scored a career-high 23 points, including 16 in the first half, but she was the only Falcon in double figures. She also had a team-high seven rebounds.
“She was a consistent bright spot for us,” Roos said.
“I’m really proud of her effort of late,” Roos added. “She has really matured into an upperclassman point-guard ... She’s just making good decisions.”
BG’s Alexis Rogers and Danielle Havel each added nine points, but Rogers was limited to 22 minutes due to foul trouble. Rogers fouled out with 3:14 left in the game.
Osborn, the only player on either team to go the full 40 minutes, and her teammates also did a good defensive job on Chrissy Steffen. Steffen came into the game averaging 11.9 ppg, but was held to four points, all from the free-throw line. Steffen was 0-of-7 from the field.
NOTES: Miami is 16-10 overall ... Miami now holds the advantage over Bowling Green in the seedings for the MAC tournament as the RedHawks swept the regular-season series for the first time since the 2000-01 season ... Osborn was 12-of-17 from the field, including 7-of-9 on 3-pointers, and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line ... Saturday’s result was BGSU’s largest margin of defeat in a MAC game since a 68-47 setback at Ball State on Jan. 26, 2008 ... Bowling Green hosts Buffalo Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:43

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