Women's Basketball |
Nov. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A furious second-half comeback fell just short as the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team dropped a 64-57 decision at Indiana on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.
Shareese Ulis (Toledo, Ohio/Trinity Valley C.C.) led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and freshman Daress McClung (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored 12 points and added eight rebounds for the Bearcats (1-1).
"One thing about my players is that they didn't give up," said head coach Jamelle Elliott. "I'm proud of them and we'll use this game as a lesson moving forward.
The Bearcats struggled in the early going, falling behind 11-3 less than five minutes in. An 8-2 run for UC, capped by a McClung three, cut the Indiana lead to 13-11 with 10:46 left in the first.
IU pushed the lead back to 10 at 23-13 and again at 27-17 before going into the half leading 36-23.
Ulis paced the Bearcats in the first half with 10 points. McClung posted five points and five boards off the bench in the first stanza.
The second half was a completely different story, as the Bearcats settled down and turned the ball over just five times, while ratcheting up the defensive pressure.
What was an 11 point lead with nine minutes to play was whittled down to two after a McClung steal and breakaway layup.
After a pair of missed free throws from the Hoosiers, Michelle Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) scored on a short jumper while being fouled and made the free throw to give UC its first lead since early in the ballgame, 57-56.
The Hoosiers drew even at 57-57 on a Sasha Chaplin free throw and on its next possession, IU's Andrea McGuirt gave the Hoosiers a 60-57 lead, one they would not relinquish.
"Basketball is a game of runs," said Elliott, who endured her first loss as a head coach. "My guys came out and competed hard. They are feeling this loss - and they should - because we had a chance to win this game."
Hope Elam led Indiana (3-0) with 15 points and Jamie Braun posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cincinnati is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 21, when it hosts Detroit at Fifth Third Arena at 2 p.m.