The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team has had a tough start to the 2020-2021 campaign.
On Saturday, they dropped a 79-62 decision to the Central Michigan Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Uncharacteristically, Cincinnati got beat on the boards, 39-35. They struggled in transition defense and gave up far too many easy buckets. The Chippewas ended up with four players in double figures and hoisted up 13 successful three-point shots.
After a fast-paced 27-27 first quarter, Central Michigan build a lead that slowly but surely expanded over the game’s final thirty minutes. This contest was a case of a death by a thousand cuts, as Central Michigan did a lot of things a little bit better than the Bearcats.
Much of Cincinnati’s struggles can be attributed to the team’s youth and experience. With the exception of all-world low post player IImar’I Thomas (who was fantastic as always—23 points and 8 rebounds), there are a lot of new faces on the floor for the Bearcats. Gone is the core of senior leadership which guided Cincinnati to the conference title game last year.
Time will tell how this unit will come together but it better come quickly if they hope to have a successful campaign in the AAC.
On Wednesday night, the Bearcats head down to the University of Houston for a matchup with the always competitive Cougars.
Check back with Down the Drive for full coverage of the contest and Bearcats women’s basketball all season.