The women’s basketball team was humbled for the second consecutive game, this time by Miami (Ohio) as the Owls fell, 70-53, to the RedHawks Wednesday at Millett Hall.
The RedHawks defense forced 23 turnovers, 19 coming from the Owls’ starting five. Both teams shot below 40 percent from the field, but the RedHawks were able to fire
12 more attempts courtesy of 19 offensive rebounds. The RedHawks edged the Owls in total rebounding, 40-38.
Foul trouble also dismantled the Owls’ rhythm, as 24 personal fouls contributed to 19 RedHawk points. The Owls (7-8) found themselves fighting an uphill battle, and shared the lead for the last time at the 5:30 mark of the first half.
Sophomore guard Kristie Watkins-Day led the Owls with 10 points and added a career-high eight rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes. Junior forward Shenita Landry helped with nine points and nine rebounds, but was crippled by five fouls. Senior guard Ashley Morris struggled from the field, shooting just 3-for-14 in the game, netting eight points.
For Miami, it was a heavy dose of senior guard Amanda Jackson. She buried 27 points on 6-of-16 shooting. The RedHawks (8-6) only committed eight turnovers.
The Owls close out their non-conference schedule on Saturday when they host Florida at the Liacouras Center at 2 p.m. The team begins Atlantic Ten Conference play on Jan. 12 when it heads back to Ohio to take on Dayton.
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