Bearcats Fall at Freedom Hall, 69-37|
Jan. 15, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored a team-high 14 points for the University of Cincinnati (10-6, 1-3), but the Bearcats scored a season-low in a 69-37 loss at Louisville (12-5, 1-3) in a BIG EAST Conference matchup on Tuesday evening at Freedom Hall.
"Louisville disrupted everything we tried to do, but we just didn't come out focused," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "We are playing good teams, but that's no excuse. We have to come out and execute. "
It took the Bearcats over three minutes to find the scoring column but they kept the game close initially, tying the game, at 4-4, at the 15:58 mark on a lay-in by Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban). Louisville went on an 8-2 run to push ahead, 12-6 with 13:07 left in the first half.
Louisville's Angel McCoughtry put four unanswered points on the board before Roudebush landed a triple but UofL's Brandie Radde hit back-to-back treys and the Cardinals used a 8-3 scoring spurt to lead, 20-9, with 7:56 remaining in the first stanza. Chauntise Wright pounded in four points that kicked off a 14-5 run to end the half with the Cardinals up, 35-14.
Roudebush led UC with seven points in the first half and the Bearcats matched UofL on the boards, 19-19. The Bearcats faltered inside, where the Cardinals held an 18-8 edge in the paint.
The Bearcats scored 14 points in the first eight minutes of the second half -- six from Roudebush -- but UofL connected on three triples and pushed ahead, 52-27, with 11:59 remaining. The Cardinals went on an 8-2 run over the next four minutes, leading 60-29 with 7:57 left in the game. A 7-4 run by the Cardinals put the margin at 67-33 with 3:40 to go.
Roudebush also paced Cincinnati with seven rebounds and three steals. Benson totaled six rebounds to go with three points.
Three players scored in double figures for Louisville, led by Radde's 15 points.
Cincinnati returns to BIG EAST play on Saturday, Jan. 19 when it invades Hartford, Conn. to take on No. 1 Connecticut. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.