West Virginia continued to show their youth and inexperience as they committed a whopping 24 turnovers. WVU was also out-rebounded 49 to 34. The Mountaineers were also unable to hit a three-pointerm, as they went a horrific 0-13 from behind the arc. Owens and Britney Davis-White were a combined 0-12 from long range.
With upcoming home games against Pitt, Notre Dame, and Villanova there are still chances for WVU to pull out a winning record and a trip to the Big East Tournament, and even the Women's NIT. That being said all three of those teams have winning records and all are in the running for the NCAA Tournament. At 4-8 in the conference, the Mountaineers are in danger of not making the Big East tournament for the first time under head coach Mike Carey.
The Mountaineers and Bearcats traded buckets for the first five minutes of the game before Cincinnati went on a mini-run with a three-pointer by Karen Twehues to give them a 16-10 lead. A few minutes later, Owens then reeled off six straight points, and with a free throw by Ashley Powell the Mountaineers retook the lead 21-20. However, similar to the pattern seen in several recent contests, as soon as WVU took the lead it went cold from the field. Cincinnati went on a 10-0 run to take the lead back at 30-21, and a jumper by Jones allowed the Bearcats to extend the lead to double figures for the first time at 34-23. With WVU struggling from the field, the Mountaineers never really got back in the game, as the most they could do in the second half was cut the lead down to eight two times. The Bearcats closed out the deal as Jill Stephens hit a lay up that got the lead back out to 50-38 with about four minutes to go in the game.
With the loss WVU falls to 12-11 on the season and 4-8 in the Big East. The Mountaineers next return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on archrival . Tip time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.