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Women’s Basketball Preview: Cincinnati at East Carolina

The Bearcats look for their second straight win.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Cincinnati at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., the Cincinnati Bearcats’ women’s basketball team heads down to Greenville, North Carolina for a matchup with the East Carolina Pirates.

The Bearcats head into the game at Williams Arena with a 16-10 overall record and a 7-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Lady Panthers have struggled mightily this season, posting a 10-17 overall mark and a 1-13 record in the AAC.

ECU is on an 11-game losing streak. They have lost their last four contests by at least 20 points. On Jan. 21, the Bearcats scored a 74-64 home win over the Pirates in which Shanice Johnson poured in 22 points and Ana Owens scored the 1,000th point of her college career.

Don’t get cocky though, my fellow Bearcats. This game will take place on senior night down in Greenville. Emotions always run high in games like that, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse for the home teams.

Moreover, ECU’s senior guard/small forward Bre McDonald is one of the AAC’s most dangerous scorers, averaging nearly 16 points per game. Against Cincinnati, she scored a game-high 27 points. Despite its poor record, ECU is a veteran team with several players who have transferred from more prominent programs.

Cincinnati will have to come ready to play on Wednesday night if it wants to leave Greenville with a win. The game will be televised online on the AAC Digital Network.