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NKU women beat UC in season opener
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WKRC) -- The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team stumbled in the season opener Saturday night, falling on the road to Northern Kentucky University by a 77-61 score.
The Bearcats were playing catch up most of the evening, never able to regain a lead after an early 7-6 advantage. The Norse put up 77 points on 41.8 percent shooting (23-55) while the Bearcats shot just 36.4 percent (20-55) from the field. Northern Kentucky was aided by 17 Cincinnati turnovers, turning the miscues into 15 points.
The Bearcats cut the NKU lead to 21-20 with 6:29 left in the first half before the Norse put together a 14-7 scoring run to close out the first half. The Bearcats entered the second half trailing 35-27 and quickly found themselves down double-digits for the first time after NKUs Kaitlyn Gerrety drained a three.
Cincinnati cut the lead down to 51-48 with 7:35 to play before the Norse exploded for an 11-0 run to put the contest away. NKU added six points from the free throw line while also draining a three during the spurt.
The Bearcats were led in scoring by freshman Marley Hill (Cleveland, Ohio/Columbus Africentric) who totaled 16 points in her collegiate debut. Hill went 6-of-13 from the floor and pulled down six rebounds in 25 minutes of play off the bench
Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) was the only other Bearcat to reach double digits in scoring, adding 13 points. The senior guard went 5-of-8 from the floor including 1-of-3 from long range.
Guard Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas/Andy Dekaney) led the team in rebounding with seven while also adding seven points and two assists.
Melody Doss led the Norse both offensively and defensively. The junior recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. She also swatted a pair of UC shots to go along with one steal and one assist. Kayla Thacker added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Norse.
Information courtesy UC Athletics and image courtesy NKU Athletics