Miami (Ohio) Scores Final Nine Points to Steal Win From YSU

Kelsea Newman | Photo by Ron Stevens
Kelsea Newman | Photo by Ron Stevens

Miami (Ohio) outscored the Youngstown State women's basketball team 9-0 over the final 90 seconds to rally for a 70-67 win on Wednesday night at the Beeghly Center.

YSU led 67-61 at the 2:09 mark when Karen Flagg split a pair of free throws, and that was the last time the Penguins scored. YSU's final five possessions resulted in two missed shots and three turnovers, including a charge call on Heidi Schlegel with the game tied at 67 with 25 seconds left.

Hannah Robertson made a backdoor layup to put Miami ahead 69-67 with 14 seconds left, and Flagg's tying attempt was off the mark. Nicole Anderson made a free throw with just over a second remaining for the final tally.

The RedHawks snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory and improved to 2-5. Youngstown State lost its third straight to drop to 1-5.

With 1:30 left, the Redhawks' comeback began when Robertson scored on a fastbreak layup off a long rebound. Following a RedHawks timeout, Flagg was stripped of the ball once she got past halfcourt on a press break, and Kindsay Brandt was fouled with 1:11 on the clock. Brandt made both free throws to pull Miami within 67-65.

Schlegel was called for traveling after catching the inbounds pass, and the RedHawks tied the game at 67 when Anderson converted a layup with 52 seconds left in the game. Schlegel was then whistled for charging with 25.9 seconds left, and the RedHawks executed a perfect back-door layup with 14.9 seconds left as Robertson made an open shot off a pass from Kindsay Brandt. Flagg's miss and Anderson's free throw followed.

Hornberger led all scorers with 16 points, but Miami held her scoreless over the final 8:30. Kelsea Newman scored 12 of her 13 points in the first half, and Schlegel registered 12 points. Robertson had 15 points to lead Miami.

After Schlegel split a pair of free throws to start the second half, Miami scored the next 12 points to take a 42-36 lead with 16:31 left. The Penguins reclaimed the lead on a 9-0 run, and they held the upper hand until Miami took the lead on Robertson's bucket with 14.9 seconds left. YSU's largest lead of the night came when Melissa Thompson's putback made the score 61-53 with seven minutes left.

Neither team led by more than two until the RedHawks scored seven straight points to go up 16-10 with 11:57 left in the first half. Their largest lead came when Jessica Rupright put them ahead 20-12 at the 10:55 mark.

YSU missed its first five attempts from 3-pooint range but made four of its next six to eventually catch and pass Miami. The RedHawks went six minutes without a field goal during a 17-4 YSU run that put the Penguins ahead 29-24.

Newman hit four 3-pointers in the final 10:18 of the half, and she made triples on back-to-back possessions to start YSU's big run. Ashley Lawson's bucket put the Penguins up 23-22, and Newman's fourth trey of the period gave them their largest lead of the half at 32-26.

YSU was just 10-for-21 from the free-throw line, including 7-for-17 in the second half. Miami was 7-for-13 from the line in the first half but converted seven of its eight attempts in the second half.

Youngstown State will host Cincinnati on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.