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Bearcats Suffer 66-47 Conference Loss to SMU
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team was unable to overcome a first-half scoring deficit Tuesday evening in Dallas as Southern Methodist University earned a 66-47 win over the Bearcats.
A large first-half run proved to be the difference as the Bearcats fell victim to a 21-3 SMU scoring run over an eight minute span in the first half. The Mustangs then went on to out-score UC 27-25 during the final 20 minutes to account for a 66-47 conference win.
Cincinnati shot 34.0 percent in the contest compared to 43.3 percent for the Mustangs in the contest. The Bearcats turned the ball over 22 times which converted into 18 points for SMU. The Mustangs also held a 40-32 advantage in rebounding and recorded 21 assists in the contest.
Cincinnati was led in scoring by Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh) who totaled 11 points while also pulling down six rebounds. Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds while also adding eight points. The senior forward also swatted away four shots.
Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas/Andy Dekaney) and Marley Hill (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Columbus Africentric) each added seven points off the bench. Lovett led the squad in assists with three.
Keena Mays led the Mustangs, dropping 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The guard also dished out eight assists and grabbed six steals. Akil Simpson added 17 points and seven rebounds while Mallory Singleton contributed 14 points and six rebounds.
The Bearcats opened the game on a strong note, hitting four of their first nine shots to open up with a 12-6 lead over the Mustangs as SMU started 1-of-5. However UC scored just three points over the next eight minutes and 36 seconds while the Mustangs put up 21 to take a 27-15 lead with 6:54 remaining in the frame. SMU was 9-of-16 from the floor during the spurt including a pair of three-pointers.
Cincinnati eventually faced a 39-22 deficit at the break after shooting 34.6 percent compared to 50 percent for SMU. Cincinnati turned the ball over 11 times in the first half compared to just three giveaways for the Mustangs.