The 15-9 (6-5 AMerican Athletic Conference) Cincinnati Bearcats’ women’s basketball team will return to action on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. against the Tulane Green Wave in New Orleans.
Tulane enters the game jockeying for position in the AAC, just like the Bearcats. The Green Wave are 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the AAC.
On Jan. 28, Tulane beat Cincinnati 74-68 in a hard fought overtime game at Fifth Third Bank Arena. Junior guard Kolby Morgan lit up the Bearcats for a career high 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting. UC guards Bianca Quisenberry and Ana Owens simply could not contain Morgan that evening. Morgan scored 10 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Morgan and senior guard Leslie Vorpahl lead the way for Tulane, who have an experienced and talented roster. Cincinnati must contain this tandem if its hopes to change the outcome of their previous meeting.
Cincinnati stopped the bleeding of a four-game losing streak on Sunday with a hard fought 71-62 win over Houston. Shanice Johnson balled out to the tune of 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as one of five players in double figures for the Bearcats. Johnson was excellent against Tulane in the first matchup of the season, recording 14 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and four assists before fouling out.
As the regular season continues to march toward its conclusion, a win on the road over Tulane on Wednesday would go a long way toward toward helping UC assert itself among the AAC’s upper echelon.