The Tulane Green Wave hammered the Cincinnati Bearcats’ women’s basketball team mercilessly on Wednesday night. The final count was 62-51, but it felt much worse than that.
The loss, Cincinnati’s fifth in its last six contests, drops the Bearcats to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the American. A promising season is looking all the more desperate as the loss pushes UC further into the also-rans of the conference. Tulane improved to 16-10 with the win and 7-6 in the league.
Tulane held a 13-8 advantage after the first quarter in New Orleans. They pushed the lead to 11 at the half. Cincinnati, who shot an atrocious 28.7 percent from the field, never made the game especially interesting.
Last time these two teams played, Tulane guard Kolby Morgan torched UC for a career high 35 points. That didn’t happen on Wednesday night. The Bearcats held her to a dozen points on 2-9 shooting. Bearcats guards Bianca Quisenberry and Ana Owens did quite a number on her, harassing Morgan up and down the floor all evening.
Little else went well for Cincinnati though. That’s not exactly true. Ana Owens played a fine game, posting 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists while shutting down Morgan.
Aside from that, the Bearcats could not hit the broadside of a barn. Tulane posted an efficient offensive game, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. Most impressively, Green Wave sophomore guard Meredith Schulte scored 14 points on 7-7 shooting from the field.
During the second half, I listened to Ryan Adams’ excellent new single, “Do You Still Love Me?” from his forthcoming Prisoner album. It has a distinctly arena rock vibe to it. Something he’s certainly hinted at in the past, but never brought to fruition as he has on this release. I am looking forward to the full length LP’s release on Friday.
On Saturday, the Bearcats play host to a 13-12 Memphis Tigers team. Let’s hope they right this ship then. If not, there is plenty of new Ryan Adams to listen to this February.