Previewing the opponent: Marquette Golden Eagles

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CINCINNATI -- A little over two weeks ago the University of Cincinnati women's basketball program seemed to be heading down a road they were all too familiar with. Now, given a recent upswing, the Bearcats (14-12, 5-8) are looking to extend a three-game winning streak as they take on Marquette tomorrow night from Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats now have an interesting opportunity in front of them as they finish off their final three regular season games. Three tough BIG EAST match-ups stand between UC and a .500 conference record. Some may say finishing .500 in conference play is nothing but a mediocre season at best, but the Bearcats who started 2-8 in conference play are ready to reach an 8-8 conference record that may catapult them into postseason play for the first time in the Jamelle Elliott era. So far so good for the Bearcats -- here is what Marquette brings to the court that may put all postseason dreams on halt.

UC is coming off a win at Seton Hall and recorded its fourth BIG EAST road win, which is the most since they entered the league in 2005-06. The trio of Dayeesha Hollins, Bjonee Reaves, and Chanel Chisholm continue to lead the way for the Bearcats as all scored in double-figures in New Jersey. Hollins had a team-high 16 points, Chisholm had 14, and Reaves scored 12.

Marquette (13-13, 4-9) fell at home against Cincinnati on Feb. 1 and is coming off a loss at Syracuse. Looking to avenge that loss the Golden Eagles will need a big game from their leader Katherine Plouffe, who averages 13.9 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. UC scored 64 points against MU in early Feb. and that is the most points the team has scored against a BIG EAST opponent all season. Hollins led the Bearcats with 22 points.

It is obvious that Cincinnati has more weapons on the court than Marquette, but it is always difficult to beat the same opponent twice in the same season. The tip is set for 7 p.m.

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