The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team finds themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the American following a Saturday afternoon loss at UCF.
After a 78-53 home victory over Tulsa and a 49-42 road defeat to Central Florida, Cincinnati sits at 7-4 in the AAC, just the same as UCF and USF. Cincinnati has the best overall record among the trio at 16-8 but sits well behind perennial conference power UConn (21-3 overall, 11-0 in AAC) for the league lead.
On Wednesday morning, the Bearcats humbled Tulsa in front of an exuberant Education Day crowd, filled with students from across the region. The 78-53 victory was Cincinnati’s 11th consecutive home win and it was never even close. The Bearcats jumped out to a 27-15 first quarter lead over the six-win Tulsa Golden Hurricane, a lead that Cincinnati never came close to relinquishing.
Sam Rodgers posted 5 three-pointers for Cincinnati in the contest, scoring 15 points. IImar’I Thomas had her sixth double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds) of the season while Angel Rizor had her third of the season (15 points, 14 rebounds).
After the good feelings of Wednesday, Cincinnati’s offensive thud on Saturday against UCF served as a reminder of the fierce competition for the top spots in the AAC. Cincinnati held the lead in the low-scoring game at halftime, 20-15. Both teams shot dreadfully for the game. Cincinnati shot a mere .319 while UCF was even worse at .292.
The Bearcats simply could not hit a shot in the second half and got pounded on the boards by UCF, 43-31 for the game. Just two Bearcats reached double figures, Sam Rodgers (10) and Angel Rizor (12).
Cincinnati will look to put Saturday’s defeat behind them as they head to Houston on Tuesday night for a matchup with the always dangerous University of Houston Cougars. Check back with Down the Drive for full coverage of the contest.