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Despite Losses, IImar’i Thomas Still Doing Magnificent Things for Bearcats WBB

Senior Superstar Dominant in Defeat

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 dropped another tough decision on Wednesday, falling to the Memphis Tigers by a 61-52 count at Fifth Third Arena. After the Bearcats jumped out to an early lead, Memphis dominated the second quarter and held a nine-point advantage at the half, 34-25.

Cincinnati made several runs in the second half but just couldn’t cut decisively into the Tigers’ lead.

In this contest between a pair of struggling teams (this was Memphis’ first league win), Cincinnati (3-9, 2-6 AAC) got the short end of the stick.

Cincinnati is a young, rebuilding team, just trying to get its bearings in this strangest of seasons.

Except for one player.

Senior forward IImar’i Thomas, who was undoubtedly the best player on the floor last night and is almost certainly the best player in the AAC.

Thomas pumped in 24 points for the Bearcats, snagged 9 rebounds, and dished out 8 assists. She was dominant in defeat, which is an awfully difficult task to achieve.

Despite all of the losses, it is important for Bearcats fans to take notice of the great season Thomas is having—her fourth consecutive remarkable campaign for Cincinnati. She is one of the greatest players in the history of the program and the conference.