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WBB Preview: Southeastern Louisiana University

UC looks to improve their mark to 2-1

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The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team looks to improve their mark to 2-1 this Wednesday night at 7 PM against the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions.

This game, the second in a seven-game homestand, will be held at St. Ursula Academy, which will serve as the Bearcats’ primary home for the remainder of the regular season. (Note: UC’s November 27th home date against St. Francis will be held at Cincinnati State)

Cincinnati looks to build on a dominant performance Monday night against the Western Carolina Catamounts, whom they dominated 85-52.

Southeastern Louisiana enters Wednesday night’s contest with an 0-2 record. They dropped their home opener last Friday to Alcorn State 84-77. On Sunday, LSU drubbed the Lions by a score of 84-56.

First year coach Ayla Guzzardo, who was a standout in the late 2000s at Akron, leads a squad that is laden with freshman and sophomores. Guzzardo looks to turn the program’s fortunes around with all of this young talent. The Lions finished in the cellar of the Southland Conference last season, posting a 5-24 overall record and a 3-15 conference mark.

Through two games, the Lions have used a small rotation, relying on a core group of six players for most of their minutes. Senior guard Taylin Underwood, who earned third-team All-Southland honors last season, is the Lions’ clear leader on the court. She led the team in assists and scoring last year. She is also a deadly outside shooter, nailing 5 three-pointers against the stern LSU Tigers’ defense on Sunday.

Freshman forward Caitlyn Williams has also made key contributions for the Lions in the early going, averaging better than 10 points per game and leading the team in rebounds.

For those of you who can’t make it to the game Wednesday night, head on over to GoBearcats.com to watch the game. Commentary, as always, will be provided by Down the Drive supporter Matt Noonan, who is also a great follow on Twitter.