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UC Women bow out of AAC tournament
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WKRC) -- The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team saw their season come to a close Saturday afternoon with a loss to undefeated No. 1 UConn by a 73-43 score at the American Athletic Conference Championship inside Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Bearcats were unable to hang with the No. 1 seed Huskies beyond the midway point of the first half as a 10-0 run gave UConn a 27-13 lead with 5:07 left in the frame. Prior to that Cincinnati used a 7-2 scoring advantage to cut the Huskies lead to 17-13.
Kayla Cook (Webster, Ohio/South Webster) added a three while Marley Hill (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Africentric) and Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) each added jumpers. Cincinnati forced three missed shots and two turnovers during the spurt.
UConn used another 10-2 scoring run to close out the half and hold a 37-17 lead at the break. The Huskies shot 48.3 percent in the first half and scored 15 points on 12 turnovers.
Connecticut continued to control things in the second half, opening with the first 13 points of the frame to hold their largest lead to that point at 50-20 with 15:43 to play. The scoring evened out from there with each team netting 22 points to close out the contest with a final score of 72-42. The Huskies out-scored Cincinnati in the paint 20-2 over the last 20 minutes.
Overall Cincinnati shot 32 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. UC was led in scoring by Randolph who totaled 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The senior also recorded seven rebounds in her final game in a Cincinnati uniform.
Cook also shined in her final game, connecting on three treys to total nine points. The senior also had two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) added seven points and six rebounds while Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) totaled six points and three rebounds. The sophomore also had two steals.
UConn featured four double-digit scorers led by American Player of the Year Breanna Stewart's 22 points. Bria Hartley added 14 while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis totaled 12 and Stefanie Dolson chipped in 10. Dolson also led the team in rebounds with nine.
The Bearcats finish the 2013-14 season with a 13-18 overall record. UC won five conference games during the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference.