RICHMOND — Kirsten Olowinski scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Wednesday night, leading Miami (Ohio) to a 76-59 wire-to-wire victory over Eastern Kentucky.
Courtney Osborn added 16 points and 12 assists for the RedHawks (1-1).
Alex Jones led EKU (1-1) with 18 points before going down with leg cramps with 5:10 left. Marie Carpenter added 16. Cherie White had four points to go with a team-high nine rebounds.
The Lady Colonels were beaten badly on the boards, 53-29.
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Miami outscored EKU by 12 points in the paint and by seven on second-chance baskets.
Chrissy Roberts, coach of the Colonels, drew up "keys to win" before the game on the locker-room board.
"The first thing I put on there was control the boards. We've got to outrebound them by at least 10," Roberts said. "We got outrebounded by 24. It's tough to beat teams when you're getting blasted on the boards like that."
The inside domination also was reflected in shooting accuracy.
Miami shot 30-for-64 (46.9 percent), EKU 18-for-58 (31.0).
"One of the things that we emphasize in the locker room, offensively it's not always going to go your way," Roberts said. "But you can always defend. You can always box out. There's a lot more things you can do. ... We'll learn from this."
After ties at 2, 4 and 6, Miami scored eight points in a row. Osborn hit a jumper from the corner. Olowinski, a 6-foot-1 sophomore who did most of her damage from close range, connected on a three-pointer. Then, Osborn added a trey.
The RedHawks never lost the lead and had the game in control at intermission, 43-27.
Eastern shot 9-for-30 in the half, including 1-for-13 from three-point range.
EKU never came closer than 13 points in the second half.
The Colonels did turn up the pressure a bit with their press. They wound up with 19 turnovers to Miami's 26, outscoring the RedHawks off those chances 19-16.
Miami lost its opener to Kentucky on Sunday 84-71.