The Bearcats fall short to the Musketeers, 72-61. Today’s game marked the third straight win for Xavier in the Crosstown Shootout.
Cincinnati fought hard in the first quarter, with their largest lead all game by 7 points. Xavier tied the game at the end of the first quarter at 20 points. Cincinnati tied it up in the second quarter at 22 points and trailed the rest of the quarter (38-35) and into the third (56-46). Xavier dominated in the fourth quarter with their largest lead by 14 points.
In a rivalry game such as this one, Coach Neal’s number one concern for this game was energy. “Just when we thought we had them, they would disrupt key things that we had planned.” Coach Neal was very pleased with Cincinnati’s energy and says that they’ve become much better defensively since last year.
Xavier guard, Raeshaun Gaffney also gives credit to Cincinnati and their hard fight today. “Cincinnati is never an easy win.”
This game was junior Ana Owens’s third game in the series against Xavier. “Our goal for this game was attack, attack, attack.” She says it’s the little things that the team needs to work on that add up in a game such as this one; box outs, help sides, defense and fouls. “Xavier came to play.”
“I never want to feel like this again,” says Coach Elliott. Cincinnati is in their toughest stretch of the season right now having played OSU last week, Xavier today and UGA next week. Their goal was to win at least two of the three games, now Coach Elliott feels that the game against Georgia is a must win. “Fouls were key in today’s loss, we have to play smarter next week.”
Ana Owens and Shanice Johnson both had good games today. Owens was 8 of 19 from the field, 2 of 4 from the three and 4 of 4 from the foul line totaling 22 points. She also had 7 assists. Johnson was 7 of 15 from the field, 2 of 6 from the three and 3 of 3 from the foul line totaling 19 points with 2 assists.
The Bearcats continue their season 6-3.