In a hard fought battle Coach Laurie Pirtle saw her squad claw at the Billikens all night long. The Bearcats came into the contest with a 5-13 record and an 8 game losing streak. They left with another defeat knowing they came up just short again.
Anne Stephens was the scoring leader with 14 points. She also had three blocks and 5 boards in 25 minutes of play. She was helped by Bellva May who also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points. May also had a steal and pulled down 6 boards.
Leading the way for the Billikens was Mia Johnson who scored 19 points with 12 of those coming in the final five minutes of the game.
The Bearcats played good defense by out rebounding the Billikens 47-36 and holding them to 29.1% shooting from the field. But the Billikens made up for their poor shooting by hitting 75% from the foul line.
Again poor team shooting hurt the Lady Bearcats. Shooting only 34.9% for the game, the Bearcats continue their shooting woes. Making matters worse was the team's ability not to be able to hit from 3-point land. Taking 10 shots on the night the Bearcats hit a big fat 0. But if their shooting from the field wasn't bad enough, their 50% from the line didn't help matters either.
Some may want to question the quality of the starting five. With a combined 119 minutes, point production is greatly lacking. The starting five scored a combined 17 points on the night.
Could changes be coming in the Lady Bearcat lineup? We'll have to wait and see. But Coach Pirtle must be looking for a combination that will get her team back on track. The Bearcats now travel to Memphis for another hard fought road game.
***BEARCAT INSIDER PLAYER OF THE GAME***
For her great performance Anne Stephens is our player of the game. Anne scored 14 points had 5 rebounds and three blocks against St. Louis.