Cincinnati Comes up Short at Georgetown|
Jan. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cincinnati women’s basketball team didn’t allow a Georgetown field goal in the final 5:44 of Tuesday’s BIG EAST contest, but came up short, falling by a 54-52 final score.
Cincinnati (8-12, 0-7 BIG EAST) shot 44.4 percent (20-for-45) while limiting Georgetown (13-8, 4-4 BIG EAST) 36.1 percent (22-for-61) during Tuesday’s contest. However, the Bearcats committed 17 turnovers that converted into 21 points for the Hoyas.
Alyeesha Lovett (Newark, N.J. / Malcolm X Shabazz) poured in a career-high 17 points against the Hoyas. The sophomore guard caught fire from long range during the game, hitting five of her nine attempts. Both of those totals are also career bests. Lovett grabbed four rebounds and recorded one block.
Lovett also turned in a stellar defensive performance, limiting BIG EAST leading scorer Sugar Rodgers to her third lowest point total of the season (17). Rodgers was just 6-for-23 from the field and 1-for-10 from three-point range.
The Bearcats finished with season-best marks in both three-pointers (9) and assists (16) against the Hoyas. Georgetown out-scored Cincinnati 28-10 in points in the paint. Out of the 106 total points scored in the contest, 103 were netted by the starting lineups.
The Bearcats took their first lead of the second half (34-29) thanks to back-to-back threes from Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio / South Webster) and Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio / Winton Woods / Michigan) at the 16:14 mark of the half.
Georgetown then used an 8-2 run that gave them a 43-41 lead with 9:49 to play. The two squads traded buckets over the next four minutes until the Hoyas grabbed a four-point advantage after back-to-back scores from Andrea White and Rodgers. The score at the 5:45 mark would be the last the Bearcats’ defense would allow. The Hoyas added just two points from the free throw line down the stretch.
A pair of free throws from Hollins brought UC within one possession. The Cincinnati defense forced a pair of missed shots from Georgetown, setting up the Bearcats with the final shot. Cincinnati had a look at a three and a jumper during the final seconds, but neither shot fell.
In the first half, Cincinnati took their first lead of the contest after Lovett hit back-to-back shots from behind the arc with 4:20 left. However, Georgetown answered with two threes of their own to retake a 25-20 lead. The Hoyas eventually took the five-point advantage into the half with a 29-24 score.
Cincinnati will stay on the road to face No. 3/2 Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.