While the team has been cold for the past nine games, the one thing that's been hot is the play of Anne Stephens. The Mineral Wells, West Virginia native leads the team in scoring and keeps taking her game to the next level. Her performance Sunday gave the Bearcats their first victory in the last ten games.
By scoring the game winning basket with ten seconds left, Stephens saw her last couple of shots be the biggest of the day. Her 24 points helped lead the Bearcats to a 58-56 victory over Memphis.
But the Bearcats almost saw another victory come up short. Memphis led by three with 1:39 left in the game. Tigers senior forward Victoria Crawford (28 points) was fouled and sent to the line for a one-and-one. She missed the front end and the Bearcats wasted little time in going to Stephens. She didn't disappoint and delivered what the Bearcats needed.
The Bearcats then made a defensive stop against the Tigers, and with 44 seconds left the Tigers were forced to foul Micah Harvey. Harvey would make the two foul shots and give the Bearcats a 55-54 advantage.
But the Tigers came right back as Crawford put in a lay-up and get fouled with 31 seconds left. Crawford then missed the free throw and the Bearcats saw Stephens score with 10 seconds left for a 57-56 lead.
Memphis drove for a lay-up and missed. They then were forced to foul Stephens after her rebound with two-seconds left. She made one of two and gave the Bearcats their margin of victory 58-56.
For the game Stephens shot 10-14 and had a game high of nine rebounds. Also scoring in double figures was Karen Twehues and Micah Harvey, both had 11 points for the game. As a team the Bearcats out rebounded the Tigers 40-28 and shot just under 40% from the field. While they are still trying to find their touch, the win was one needed to help this team down the stretch run in Conference USA.