MOREHEAD, KENTUCKY — Gunning for its first 3-0 start since 2004-05, the Miami women’s basketball team struggled shooting the ball in a 77-43 loss at Morehead State on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19.
The RedHawks drop to 2-1 with the setback while the Eagles are now 3-1.
Both offenses struggled in the first quarter with Miami only hitting three field goals and just one after scoring the first four points of the game. The Eagles hit a couple of threes to grab a 10-6 lead late in the frame, but Lauren Dickerson connected on a trifecta of her own to cut the deficit to 10-9 after the first quarter.
The Eagles came out strong in the second quarter and eventually ballooned their lead to 24-17 with 3:20 to go until halftime. A pair of Kristen Levering free throws along with a Kayla Brown layup pulled the Red and White within three, but Aaliyah Wells converted a layup with 1:42 to go to up the lead to 26-21. Abbey Hoff countered that with a three-pointer with 1:21 to go until the break to make it 26-24, which is where the score remained at halftime.
Miami’s shooting didn’t get on track in the second half as Morehead State scored the first five points of the third quarter and led by as many as nine before MU trimmed the deficit to 43-37 after 30 minutes. The Eagles continued expanding their lead in the fourth, opening the period on a 9-0 run to go on top by 15. MSU led by as much as 34 in the fourth quarter, scoring 27 of the first 29 points in the frame to put the game away.
MSU hit 18-of-32 shots in the second half to finish with a 41.2 percent clip from the field overall while MU struggled to the tune of 25 percent shooting. The Eagles also held a 52-37 advantage in rebounding. Turnovers didn’t play much of a factor with Miami committing 12 while Morehead State had just nine. Individually, Dickerson led the Red and White with 10 points.
The RedHawks play their first home game on Tuesday when they host Cincinnati in their Goals for Life game at Millett Hall. Tipoff is at noon.