Cincinnati outscored the Youngstown State women’s basketball team 13-2 over the final two-and-a-half minutes to close out a 57-46 victory on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Arena.
The Penguins found themselves down 13-3 after a slow start but fought their way back and led 33-28 with just over 13 minutes left. Cincinnati went on a 14-1 run as Youngstown State went without a field goal for eight minutes to go up 42-34, but YSU battled back and trailed just 45-44 with 2:44 left.
Cincinnati scored on its next possession to go up 47-44, and YSU had a shot blocked and a shot clock violation on its next possession. The Bearcats got an old-fashioned three-point play on their end of the floor, and UC made 8-of-9 from the free throw line in the final 1:20.
Brandi Brown fought through an off night shooting with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the senior forward was 7-for-24 from the field. Liz Hornberger joined her in double figures, scoring nine of her 13 points in the first half.
The taller Bearcats had two players post a double-double. Tiffany Turner had 15 points and 12 rebounds while Lesha Dunn finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Alexis Durley added 12 points in her first career start filling in for leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins. The Bearcats finished with six blocks, held a 30-14 edge in the paint and out-rebounded the Penguins 39-30.
Brown was 1-for-10 in the first half, but scored nine points in the first 5:30 of the second half to give YSU a 30-26 lead. She tied the score with two free throws at the 16:39 mark, and she had a deuce and a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to put YSU up four with 14:37 remaining.
YSU returns home to host Wilmington College aat 3:05 p.m.on Sunday at Beeghly Center.