CINCINNATI -The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team struggled on the offensive end all day and dropped a 48-39 decision to visiting Houston, Saturday in American Athletic Conference play at Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati (9-14, 2-10 American) has dropped four straight games while Houston (5-18, 1-11) led wire to wire and snapped an 11-game skid. The Bearcats finished 15-of-53 (.280) from the floor and were 1-for-16 (.060) from behind the 3-point line.
Despite the cold shooting and 22 turnovers in the game, UC still made a comeback, getting to within seven twice in the last four minutes, 37-30 with 4:54 left and 43-36 with under a minute to go. The Cougars hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to nullify the comeback.
UC held a 44-35 rebounding advantage, tallied 13 second-chance points on 10 offensive rebounds in the second half and scored 26 of its 39 points in the paint.
Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) led the way with 11 points and five rebounds. Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) and Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh) each grabbed seven rebounds while Quisenberry added four assists and a pair of steals.
Marche' Amerson led four UH players in double figures with 11 points. Yasmeen Thompson had a double-double, scoring 10 and grabbing 11 rebounds while Te'onna Campbell and Alecia Smith also added 10 points. Campbell tallied eight boards and four steals.
Over the last six games, UC has missed the offense of leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) who averaged 13.3 points per game. The Bearcats have gone 1-5 over the last six since it was announced Hollins would miss the rest of the 2013-14 season due to a chronic knee injury.
Houston jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, leading by 14 at the half, 26-12, despite going 16-for-29 from the free-throw line in the game. The Bearcats trailed by as many as 16 early in the second half, before staging their late comeback with four minutes left.
Cincinnati closes out a two-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 12, facing Memphis at 7 p.m. inside Fifth Third Arena.