OXFORD — Fueled by freshman guard Lauren Dickerson’s career-high 24 points, the Miami University women’s basketball team defeated Northwood University, 64-49, Saturday afternoon at Millett Hall. The result gave the RedHawks their first home victory of the season.
Dickerson posted her third performance of over 20 points this season on 10-of-19 shooting, while also tallying five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore forward Kristen Levering was also a strong contributor with 12 points, while junior forward Molly McDonagh grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. As a team, the RedHawks shot over 42 percent from the field and hit seven three-pointers.
Miami quickly got on the board in the first quarter with five early points, sparked by junior guard Kayla Brown’s three-pointer in the opening minute. Northwood then responded with a 6-2 run that gave them an 8-7 lead at the midpoint of the period.
Sophomore forward Kristen Levering countered the Timberwolves’ surge with a pair of threes from the top of the arc. The sharpshooting from outside continued with a jumper from sophomore forward Kendall McCoy, leveling the score at 16-16 at the end of the first.
The RedHawks opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run, led by four points from Dickerson. Once again, the Timberwolves countered, bringing the deficit to one with just under three to play. But sophomore guard Leah Purvis’ three-pointer broke a long Miami drought, extending the lead to 25-21 with 2:51remaining. Miami closed the half with a 7-2 sequence that gave it a 29-23 lead at halftime.
After trading baskets to start the second half, Miami built its first double-digit lead of the afternoon at 37-27 with the help of consecutive three-pointers from Dickerson. The Timberwolves continued to fight, as senior forward Jordyn Nurenberg scored 13 in the quarter. The strong performance, coupled with a long Miami scoreless streak, narrowed the margin to 46-42 as the teams entered the final period.
Both Miami and Northwood continued to battle as the fourth quarter began, but Dickerson’s clutch shooting helped Miami eventually build a 54-45 advantage at the final media timeout. Miami closed out the victory with solid defense and a 12-4 offensive run.
The RedHawks will return to action on Monday, Dec. 19 as they face Fort Wayne at 4 p.m. in the opening game of the Wright State Invitational in Dayton.