CINCINNATI, Ohio – A three-pointer from the right wing by Bria Bass gave the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team a second quarter lead over the University of Cincinnati, but the Bearcats answered with a 16-0 run and the Colonels lost 64-53 on Saturday at Saint Ursula Academy in Cincinnati.
Six straight points by Bass, an old-fashioned three-point play at the end of the first quarter and her three-pointer to start the second, capped a 7-0 EKU run that turned a 13-9 deficit into a 16-13 lead with 9:28 left in the first half of play.
UC (4-2) then scored 16 unanswered points and went on to out-score Eastern 21-5 in the second quarter. A jumper by Iimar’i Thomas tied the score at 16-16. Her three-pointer with 5:38 to go in the quarter stretched the margin to five, 21-16. Nikira Goings capped the run with a three-pointer that put the home team in front 29-16. Shanice Johnson’s three at the buzzer set the halftime score, 34-18. The Bearcats hit on 8-of-14 from the field (57 percent) and 4-of-6 from behind the arc in the second quarter.
EKU out-rebounded Cincinnati by seven in the first half and turned 11 offensive boards into 11 second chance points, but shot just 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field.
The Colonels (2-3) turned it around a bit in the third quarter, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) form the floor and out-scoring UC 21-15. A 16-5 run allowed the visitors to close 17-point deficit to six. Seven straight points – a three-pointer in transition by Abby Wright, a jumper in the lane by Shay Solomon, and a steal and a lay-up by A’Queen Hayes capped the run and made it a 45-39 game. The Bearcats scored the final four points of the quarter to stretch their lead back to 10, 49-39.
Eastern Kentucky scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to get back within six, but never got any closer.
Bass made five three-pointers and finished with a career-best 22 points for EKU. Solomon earned her second double-double of the season, tying her career-high with 14 points and setting a new career-high with 12 rebounds.
Johnson had a team-best 15 points for the Bearcats.
EKU shot 40 percent for the game from the field and 32 percent from long range. Cincinnati made 47 percent of its shots, including 43 percent from behind the arc. Eastern out-rebounded UC, 35-28, but only had one offensive rebound in the second half.
The Colonels will be back in action at home on Tuesday when Ohio University visits McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.