<P><STRONG>TAMPA, FLA......</STRONG>Lady Bearcats find going tough during southern road trip in Conference USA.&nbsp; Were do they go from here?</P>

The Lady Bearcats have seen the 2004 / 2005 season become one of streaks. Losing streaks that is. Sunday was no different as USF defeated UC for the Bearcats fourth loss in a row.

Now sitting with a 5-9 record, the Lady Bearcats are seeing poor shooting and team defense as their biggest downfall.

While the team has struggles on both sides of the court, Coach Laurie Pirtle did have nine Bearcats make the scoring sheet against USF. While the team's poor shooting looks to be the biggest problem, team defense needs to get better. USF shot 56.3% from the field and 42.9% from the 3-point zone.

Leading the way for USF was guard Rachael Sheates who scored 26 points while going 12-14 from the field. Also hitting double figures for USF was forward Jessica Dickson with 21 points.

Two sophomores led the way for the Bearcats. Guard Karen Twehues scored 16 points, but did so shooting 6-16 with 4 of those 6 being 3-pointers. Treasure Humphries added 11 points on 3-11 shooting. Both players came off the bench for their big game. As a team the Bearcats shot 19-61 and were killed on the boards.

The Bearcats saw USF pull down 40 total rebounds while only being able to pull down 28 themselves.

Coach Pirtle and the team return to the confines of Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday when North Dakota State comes to town.

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