Dec. 2, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. - Treasure Humphries and Cincinnati (6-1) bounced back in a big way Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. After suffering their first loss a night before, the Bearcats manufactured a 66 -55 win over Princeton (2-5) in the consolation round of the 23rd annual Mildred and Roger L. White Invitational at Northwestern. After scoring just four points in the loss to Northern Illinois in the first round, Humphries opened up for a career-high 25 points against the Tigers.
"Treasure was a bright spot in this game," said Cincinnati head coach Laurie Pirtle. "She's a senior and we look to her, especially after a setback like last night."
Humphries added 7 rebounds and 4 assists to finish out the night.
UC suffered a scoring drought in the second half, putting up just six points in nearly eight minutes. Angel Morgan scored a bucket with 12:22 on the clock, giving UC a 40-34 lead.
"This is a young team and we have to build on tournaments like these," said Pirtle. "We'll get through finals (exams) and go from there."
Co-captains Shelly Bellman and Humphries each produced 10 points each, leading the Bearcats to a 34-26 lead at the half. The Bearcats jumped ahead, 17-9, after a Jill Stephens offensive rebound and put back. The Tigers clawed back and got within a point on a 3-point field goal by Caitlin O'Neil, who paced Princeton with a career-high 13 points. UC took back control and jumped to a 12-point lead with 1:40 left in the half.
The Bearcats forced 12 turnovers in the first half and scored 12 points off of the Princeton miscues. UC also dominated from short-range, out scoring the Tigers, 24-8 in the paint and finished the game with a 48-24 margin.
"I knew we were bigger than tem," said Pirtle. "We wanted to work the ball inside. I will say we got the ball where we wanted to."
Princeton's leading scorer, Meagan Cowher (16.2 ppg) picked up two quick fouls before the 16:20 mark and was limited to just one field goal. Cowher came on strong in the second half, finishing with a team-high 18 points.
The Bearcats, for the second consecutive game, struggled from 3-point range hitting only 11 percent from behind the arc.
UC out rebounded the Tigers 37-26, the seventh consecutive game the Bearcats have done so.
The Bearcats hit 9-of-11 (82 percent) free throws, a season best percentage.
It's the seventh game at least three Bearcats have scored in double figures: Humphries (25), Bellman (14) and Morgan (10).
The Bearcats have an eight-day break between games. They host Alabama State Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the UC Clermont.