For the past month we've preached to University of Cincinnati fans about getting behind and supporting Coach Laurie Pirtle's Women's team. Well now many will see why we at Bearcat Insider were so strong on our comments about this team.
Thursday saw the Bearcats on the road in Corvallis, Oregon taking on Oregon State. The Beavers would provide a test to the young Bearcats as they've recorded a 6-4 mark with back-to-back losses to USC and UCLA.
Again Treasure Humphries rose to the occasion and provided the points needed to bring the Bearcats back to tie the contest with 1:13 left in the game. Humphries would then go on and score the first five points in overtime as the Bearcats defeated the Beavers 63-58.
Also playing a strong game was Senior Anne Stephens (17 pts.-11 rebounds). The veteran leadership shown by these two will help as the team works toward playing a major role in the Big East this year. The win gives the Bearcats one more victory then last season and proves the team has the ability to win on the road. It's also gives the team it's seventh victory in a row as they prepare for Big East play next week.
Overall the Bearcats stand 10-1and will prepare for a huge battle against Rutgers at Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Rutgers will battle Texas on Friday night and at the time of this report was ranked 9th by the AP in the Women's Basketball Poll.
The Lady Knights have an 8-1 record and the look of a team ready to make a run towards the tournament. Led by Cappie Pondexter (21.2 ppg.) the Knights suffered their only defeat on the season against Mississippi early this month.
Under the guidance of coaching legend Vivian Stringer (723-246 33 seasons overall), the women known for building basketball programs, has again shown why the Knights are a dangerous team. Stringer has left her mark on Cheyney University, Iowa and now Rutgers during her Hall of Fame career.
Bearcat Insider will contact Coach Pirtle when the team returns home from this impressive victory.