The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team earned their 20th regular season victory last evening. The 76-53 victory over East Carolina on Bearcats Senior Night helped Cincinnati secure a tie for 2nd place in the regular season AAC standings, the team’s highest ever finish in the conference.
The 20-9 record gives Cincinnati their second straight season with 20+ wins, first time that has happened since 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
Senior guard Sam Rodgers capped off a fantastic Bearcats career with a career night, posting a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Antoinette Miller also went up on top with 22 points. Cincinnati dominated this game from stem to stern, holding a 13 point lead over East Carolina after one quarter. The lead only expanded as the Bearcats pressured and pushed the Pirates around Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati returns to action in the AAC quarterfinals on Saturday March 7th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The third-seeded Bearcats will play the winner of the SMU-Memphis game on Friday evening.
As the three-seed, Cincinnati avoids UConn until the potential Conference Championship on Monday March 9th. Huskies are 118-0 in 7 years of AAC play. They beat Cincinnati by 30 and 50 points, respectively, in 2020.
Barring the biggest upset in women’s basketball history on 3/9, Cincinnati will play in their third consecutive Women’s NIT. After going one-and-done in 2018, they made the Elite 8 last season.
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