In what has been a tough season for Coach Laurie Pirtle and her lady Bearcats ended in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday night? The Cardinals came into the contest with a 19-7 record (10-3 C-USA), while Cincinnati stood 9-17 (4-9 C-USA).
Many felt Cincinnati would be an easy game for Louisville. That easy game turned into a battle that lasted until the buzzer sounded and the Cardinals would walk away with a 61-58 victory.
Turnovers cost both teams chances to pull away from the other. The Bearcats totaled 20 for the night while Louisville posted 16. Both teams shot the ball well as the Bearcats had one of their better nights hitting just under 48% from the field.
Four Cardinals scored in double figures with Jazz Covington (15 pts.) leading the way. The Bearcats received double digit scoring from Toni Slaughter (15 pts.), Micha Harvey (10 pts.) and Karen Twehues (14 pts.) for the night.
Bearcat leading scorer Anne Stephens was shut downed by the Cardinals and only scored 4 points on the night.
With the loss, the Bearcats head into Conference USA Tournament play looking to be spoilers.
The Bearcats will be seeded 11th for the Pepsi Women's Conference USA Tournament. Tournament play begins on Thursday, March 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Bearcats opponent has yet to be determined at the time of this article.
The Bearcats end regular season play with a 9-18 record. This is a far cry from their NIT Team of a year ago. It also sees the end of two lady Bearcat careers. Crystal Ashley of Oakland, California and Edwina Williams Maple Heights, Ohio played in their last regular season games for the Bearcats.