March 15, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. – The Miami University women’s basketball team fought valiantly a bit shorthanded in the first round of the 2012 WNIT Tournament Thursday evening, but a big run in each half would help lead Richmond to a 76-54 victory. Senior Maggie Boyer led the RedHawks with 20 points in her final contest in a Red and White uniform. Miami finishes the season 21-10, while the Spiders improve to 23-8 and advance to the second round of the WNIT.
It started out well for the RedHawks as Hannah Robertson hit a jumper, followed by a Boyer three-pointer to give Miami a quick 5-0 lead. Richmond responded with a 6-0 run of its own, but Courtney Osborn found both Boyer and Kristin Judson for jumpers that made it 10-9 Spiders at the 16:04 mark. Miami’s shot would go cold, as Richmond went on a 17-0 run over the next five minutes that made it 27-9 with 10:34 remaining in the half.
The RedHawks would not allow the game to get away, as a layup from Kelsey Simon, a jumper from Lillian Pitts and a three-pointer from Boyer started a 12-0 Miami response that pulled the ‘Hawks to within six at 27-21 with 6:19 to go. The half of runs continued as an 8-0 Spider run pushed the advantage back to 14 at 35-21. The Red and White fought back with an old-fashioned three-point play from Rachael Hencke, two free throws from Courtney Larson and a layup from Erica Almady to pull within 11 at the half, 39-28.
Boyer led Miami with eight points in the first half. The RedHawks struggled from the field, hitting only 30.6 percent (11-for-36) of their shots. Richmond outrebounded Miami, 21-19, in the first half.
The Spiders opened the second half on a 6-0 run to extend the advantage to 17 at 45-28. Two jumpers from Boyer, a layup from Simon and a layup Robertson would cut it to nine at 45-36 with 14:13 to go, but Miami would be unable to get any closer. A 20-5 run over the next seven minutes would make it 65-41 in favor of Richmond and put the contest out of reach.
Boyer was 8-for-22 from the field, including 4-for-11 from three-point range. The team received balanced scoring from the other eight players, with Almady and Robertson each scoring six. Pitts had four points and six rebounds, while Hencke had four points and two steals in their final games respectively.
Miami finished the game shooting 31.9 percent (22-for-69), while Richmond shot 51.9 percent (28-for-54). The Spiders outrebounded the RedHawks, 39-36, but the Red and White finished with 18 offensive rebounds.