Led by 21 points from Shanice Johnson the Cincinnati Bearcats picked up a 66-59 win on the road against the Memphis Tigers Saturday afternoon.
Johnson knocked down 7-of-14 shots from the floor, including 1-of-3 from three-point range and also collected five rebounds and four steals. Chelsea Warren made all six of her field goal attempts for UC (12-5, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) and finished with 14 points. Bianca Quisenberry tallied 11 points on 4-of-8 from the floor while Ana Owens struggled, missing all six of her shots while turning the ball over five times. Despite that the Bearcats have won three-straight and six of their last seven.
Memphis (8-9, 1-3) got 16, 13 and 10 points, respectively, from Brea Elmore, Cheyenne Creighton and Taylor Barnes. Creighton also had a game-high nine rebounds, but turned the ball over four times.
The game was about as even as one could get, with seven ties and eight lead changes. Both teams had identical numbers in points off of turnovers (22) and UC managed a largely negligible edge on points in the paint (36-34). Memphis actually took 14 more shots than the Bearcats, but shot just 41.4 percent from the field and hit on a mere 6-of-11 from the free-throw line. UC sealed the win with its strong shooting overall (.523) and at the charity stripe (18-of-24), ending the game on a 17-5 run.
Up next for the Bearcats is a two-game homestand which begins Tuesday against SMU.