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Bearcats WBB Fades Late in loss to Florida, 81-58

Tough loss for Cincinnati

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 09 AAC Women’s Tournament - Cincinnati v UConn Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team hung tough early on against an athletic and opportunistic Florida Gators team

The Bearcats (1-1) faded late, getting doubled up 26-13 in the fourth quarter. When all was told, Florida (3-1) bested the Bearcats by an 81-58 mark.

Florida’s greater in-game experience this season was demonstrated by the relatively error free basketball they played all afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Cincinnati turned the ball over 24 times to Florida’s 10. Florida (7-20) outshot Cincinnati (3-13) at the perimeter. The Gators (16-21) outshot the Bearcats (7-13) on the foul line. Cincinnati’s offense just never seemed in full gear this afternoon

The Bearcats won the battle on the boards convincingly 45-33, led by senior forward Arame Niang who pulled down 13. Nevertheless, this did not translate into significant or consistent offensive output by Cincinnati. Rarely does a team that wins the rebounding get blown out like this.

Besides senjor forward IImar’i Thomas, who netted 23 points, Cincinnati did not get consistent offensive contributions from the rest of its starting five.

Florida’s starting backcourt of Kiara Smith (Sr.) and Lavender Briggs (Soph) simply lit up the Bearcats. Smith posted 19 points on 8-14 shooting while Briggs scored 22 points on 8-16 shooting.

Cincinnati returns home for the Crosstown Shootout on Thursday night, as the Bearcats play host to arch-rival Xavier. Check back with Down the Drive for full coverage of the contest.