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Bearcats WBB Falls to USF, 73-61

UCLA v Cincinnati Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team fell to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the AAC yesterday afternoon.

UC took a tough loss against the 20th ranked South Florida Bulls at Fifth Third Arena, 73-61.

After falling behind by 13 in the first quarter (26-13), Cincinnati battled their way back, trailing by just 2 heading into the final period.

In the fourth quarter, a USF attack led by Syndi Harvey pushed past the Bearcats and took control of the game. Harvey nailed 5 three-pointers for the Bulls and posted 21 points.

Once again, Cincinnati has proven largely reliant on senior forward IImar’i Thomas for offense spark. She posted a game-high 32 points in the defeat. Arame Niang, also working the low post, got into double figures for Cincinnati, scoring 12 points.

Cincinnati could simply not make use of the perimeter, shooting a dreadful .111 from beyond the arc. Otherwise, the Bearcats shot at nearly a fifty percent clip.

The Bearcats are off for the next week and return to action on December 30th against SMU down in Dallas. Check back with Down the Drive for full coverage of Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball.