Jan. 4, 2012
AKRON, Ohio – Junior guard Courtney Osborn had an incredible game against Akron on Wednesday, scoring 48 points in a 95-85 overtime win. The 48 points set both a new school and Mid-American Conference single-game record. Miami improves to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the MAC. Akron falls to 6-9 overall and 0-1 in the MAC.
The 48 points was also the most scored by any player in a NCAA Division I basketball game this season.
Osborn sparked a remarkable turnaround for the RedHawks, who scored only 17 points on 5-for-32 shooting in the first half. A 57-point onslaught in second half put Miami in front, but a three-pointer at the buzzer by the Zips sent the game into overtime. That just delayed the inevitable as the Red and White poured in 21 points in the extra frame to secure the victory.
It didn’t look like anyone was going to be setting any offensive records during the first half. Miami was only 2-for-24 to start the game and only scored six points in the first 14 minutes of the frame. However, the RedHawks played strong defense to keep Akron from pulling away. Osborn showed signs of things to come when she hit a three-pointer to pull Miami to within nine at 21-12 with 4:09 remaining. The Zips would push the advantage back to 13 at 25-12, but another three-pointer and two free throws from Osborn would send the RedHawks into the break only down 12 at 29-17.
Osborn finished with 12 points of Miami’s 17 points in the first half.
The RedHawks began their comeback right as the second half began. Layups from Osborn, Kirsten Olowinski and Hannah Robertson made it 29-24 at the 17:57 mark and forced an Akron timeout. Miami was able to make it a four-point game at 35-31 with 16:20 remaining after Osborn scored a jumper and another three-pointer. The Zips had response in them, as they would go on a 17-9 run to push the lead back to 10 at 52-42 with 11:23 to go.
Two free throws from Hannah Robertson, a layup by Kelsey Simon and three-pointer from Osborn formed a 7-0 run that pulled the ‘Hawks to within three at 52-49. Trailing 55-52, a jumper by Osborn and a layup from Lillian Pitts gave Miami its first lead of the game at 56-55 with 9:01 remaining. The teams traded the advantage a couple of times before a couple of Osborn free throws and a Hannah Robertson layup would give the Red and White a 65-60 advantage. After the media timeout, Hannah Robertson recorded another layup to give Miami’s its largest lead in regulation at 67-60 with 3:44 to go.
The RedHawks seemed to seal the game when Hannah Robertson hit two free throws to make it 72-66 with 57 seconds remaining. A three-pointer from Akron sharpshooter Taylor Ruper and a steal and layup from Natasha Williams cut the deficit to 72-71. Olowinski was fouled with 12 seconds remaining and calmly hit both free throws to put Miami in front by three at 74-71. On the final possession the RedHawks played solid defense not allowing an open shot, but Ti’esha Stubbs three-pointer with Maggie Boyer in her face still managed to go in to tie the score at 74 and send the game into overtime.
Miami quickly regained the advantage in the first minute of overtime as it scored the first seven points, capped by an Osborn three-point play the old-fashioned way. A layup by Olowinski made it 83-74 with 2:58 remaining and forced Akron to call timeout. The Zips answered with a 5-0 run to make it 83-79 with 1:52 to go, but Osborn hit a layup to end their last gasp and put Miami back up six. The RedHawks hit their free throws down the stretch, while Akron’s shot went cold as Miami went on to secure the 95-85 win.
Osborn scored her 48 points on 14-for-25 shooting, including 6-for-8 from behind the arc. She was also 14-for-17 from the free throw line. She broke the Miami record of 43, set by Amanda Jackson on Dec. 29, 2007. She also topped the MAC record of 44 set by Lindsay Shearer of Kent State on Mar. 12, 2005.
Hannah Robertson finished with a career-high of 17 points for the RedHawks. She just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Olowinski had a career-high 19 rebounds to go with 10 points for her 24th career double-double, which ties for second in school history. Miami owned the glass against the Zips, bringing in a season-high 52 boards, while holding Akron to only 32. After shooting only 15 percent in the first half, the Red and White finished the game at 38 percent (27-for-71).
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Buffalo at 4:30 p.m. That game is part of a doubleheader that will see the men take on Akron at 7 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.