No. 13/15 Louisville Defense Limits Cincinnati During Road Loss|
Jan. 18, 2013
LOUISVILLE - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team dropped a BIG EAST contest to nationally-ranked Louisville Friday night as the Bearcats fell by a final score of 72-33.
Louisville's (15-4, 3-2) defense proved too much for the Bearcats as the Cardinals limited UC (8-9, 0-4) to 33 points and 34.3 percent (12-for-35) shooting from the floor. The Bearcats committed a season-high 31 turnovers, leading to 30 points for Louisville. The Cardinals recorded 15 steals compared to six for UC.
The Cards held a 32-16 edge in rebounding with 15 coming off the offensive glass. Louisville held advantages of 28-6 in bench points and 30-14 in points in the paint.
Cincinnati was lead in scoring by Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan), who finished with 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting. She added three rebounds and one assist. Alyeesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) also finished with double digits, adding 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting. She drained UC's only triple of the night while also pulling down six rebounds.
The Cardinals featured four players with double digits points led by Antonita Slaughter's 13. Sara Hammond added 12 while Shonie Shimmell and Megan Deines added 11 and 10 respectively.
The Cardinals took their first commanding lead of the contest thanks to a 9-0 run that made the score 22-8 with 6:11 left in the first half. The Bearcats committed four turnovers during the spurt. The Cardinals added baskets by four different players including a three from Slaughter.
Louisville eventually stretched the lead to 16 points as the Bearcats faced a 31-15 deficit at the break. Hollins lead the UC offensive effort during the first 20 minutes with eight points.
UC came out energized to start the second half, forcing Louisville turnovers on two straight possessions. Kayla Cook's (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) steal lead to a jumper from Hollins to account for Cincinnati's opening bucket of the half.
After the miscues Louisville was able to regroup, posting a 19-1 run that put the game out of reach for the Bearcats. The Cardinals lead after the spree stood at 50-18 with 13:50 left in the contest.
Cincinnati will return home after a two-game homestand Tuesday. The Bearcats will host DePaul in a BIG EAST contest that tips off at 7 p.m.