RedHawks School Titans on Opening Day

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Nov. 10, 2017

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OXFORD, Ohio - In its annual Class at the Court contest in front of area elementary students, the Miami women's basketball team took Detroit to school in an opening day 91-64 victory at Millett Hall on Friday afternoon.

The RedHawks (1-0) cracked the 90-point threshold for the first time in regulation since Dec. 29, 2013.

After a couple empty possessions both ways to start off, both teams enjoyed a hot shooting first quarter of play. The Titans grabbed an early 7-4 lead before Lauren Dickerson and Kendall McCoy drained three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the RedHawks ahead 10-7 4:01 into the contest.

MU would go up by five points on two occasions, but UDM hit 8-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-6 three-pointers to keep the contest close in the opening 10 minutes of play. Miami would shoot 40 percent (8-of-20) from the floor and connect on four three-pointers of its own to leave the contest tied at 22-22 after one quarter.

The teams traded hoops over the first three minutes of the second quarter before a Kayla Brown jumper put Miami on top by a 30-28 margin with 6:43 to go in the half. That bucket spurred on a run of six-straight Miami points as Baleigh Reid got to the rim for a layup and Brown hit another perimeter shot to up the lead to six. After UDM scored three the hard way on a hoop and a free throw, tallied the next eight points with Savannah Kluesner sandwiching four free throws around a layup and Brown forcing a steal after a miss and putting in a layup to make it a 14-3 run and a 42-31 Miami lead with 3:53 to go in the half.

Miami's lead would grow as large as a dozen, but Detroit Mercy would get the final two baskets of the half. Nonetheless, the Red and White took a 44-36 lead into the locker room at the half.

The Titans opened the second half with a three-point play as Anja Marinkovic got fouled on a layup and hit a free throw to pull them within five at 44-39. That momentum was halted by a balanced RedHawk run as four players combined to record the next 11 points to balloon their lead to 55-39 with just 2:31 elapsed in the second half. A layup by Reid gave MU its biggest lead of the day at 59-42 with 6:16 left in the frame.

Detroit would trim the lead to 61-50 with under three minutes left in the quarter, but Miami countered with eight-straight points. Seven of those points in the run came from the hand of Dickerson as she hit a pair of free throws, a jumper and a corner three-pointer to make it a 19-point game (69-50). After UDM scored the next three points, a McCoy trey at the buzzer kept the lead at 19, 72-53, through three quarters.

The RedHawks were relentless in the fourth quarter, upping the lead to 26 points early on and the final score marked its largest lead of the game as they posted their largest margin of victory since topping Kent State 73-39 on Feb. 28, 2013.

Miami shot 42.7 percent from the field while holding Detroit to 38.7 percent shooting, including 10-of-30 in the second half. MU dominated UDM both on the glass (54-38 in rebounds) and in ball security, forcing 16 turnovers while committing just six miscues of its own. The Red & White also hit 7-of-20 three pointers and 14-of-19 free throws. Dickerson netted 26 points, eight assists and five rebounds to lead the way while Kluesner posted a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, the second of her career, with the scoring output a new career high for the sophomore. Brown also finished in double figures with 10 points.

The RedHawks are back in action on Nov. 15 when they travel to Purdue. Opening tip is at 7 p.m.