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Women’s Basketball Outlasts Minnesota, 72-65

Bearcats survive and advance to the round of 16 in the WNIT.

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

The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team gutted out a 72-65 win in the WNIT on Sunday afternoon against a formidable Minnesota Golden Gophers club.

Minnesota looked like a Big Ten team: they were big, athletic and physical.

The Gophers held a seven-point advantage at the break, 36-29, having dominated the second quarter after trading baskets with Cincinnati in the first.

The Bearcats, who improved to 23-10 with the win, returned from the break ready to execute their offense, which had been sluggish for much of the first half.

Cincinnati took control of the boards in the second half, posting a 46-32 advantage for the game. Bearcat guards Antoinette Miller (20 points) and Sam Rodgers (18 points) both scored the lion’s share of their team’s baskets in the third and fourth quarters.

Cincinnati took complete control of this game in the fourth frame, outscoring Minnesota 23-11 and knocking the Power 5 school out of the postseason.

Cincinnati returns to action on Thursday night in the round of 16, playing host to the Butler Bulldogs. Check back with Down the Drive for full coverage.