02/13/2021 | 2 o’clock in the afternoon
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Senior striker Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu got their eighth double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Tigers’ 73-62 loss to Cincinnati. Alana Davis was the Tigers’ second top scorer with 10 points and 10 rebounds to mark her first double-double of the season. The Tigers are now playing 4-9 in the season and 2-6 in American Athletic Conference.
Cincinnati opened the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run to take the lead and seal victory after returning from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter.
Both teams struggled in the first quarter. With less than a second on the clock, the Bearcats took the lead due to fouls 20-19. The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 13-0 run and took the lead by 12 points. Memphis stayed ahead, but Cincinnati managed to narrow the lead to just six points by halftime.
Memphis made just four sales in the first half compared to Cincinnatis eight, but a turnaround came in the second half when the Tigers made another 16 sales compared to Cincinnatis seven.
“I think we loosened the ball and flipped it more than we should and those turnovers turned into points for the other team,” said Davis. “We have to figure out how to end games.”
Although the result was unfavorable, the Memphis bench is getting stronger as different players see more minutes.
“Having Jamirah back is huge, getting En’dya minutes is huge, KeKe coming in is huge,” said the second guard Air wilson. “It changes things of course, but this is the team we should have been from the start.”
Memphis will travel to Houston for a street competition on Saturday, February 13th to battle the Cougars. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN +. For more information on the Memphis women’s basketball team, visit the Tigers on social media at @MemphisWBB.