Tuesday, March 06, 2001

UC women lose tourney final

Bearcats long-shot for NCAA bid

The Associated Press

        MILWAUKEE — Tulane used a 13-0 run in the final minutes to beat Cincinnati 63-50 and win its third straight Conference USA tournament championship Monday night.

        Second-seeded Tulane (22-9) earned the conference's automatic NCAA tournament bid. Fifth-seeded UC (22-9) is hoping for an at-large bid but may have to settle for the Women's NIT.

        Leading 45-44 with 4:40 to play, Tulane scored 13 consecutive points. The Bearcats managed only one field goal the rest of the way.

        Freshman Valerie King, who had six 3-pointers, led the Bearcats with 22 points and was voted the tournament's most valuable player, scoring 92 points in four games. K.B. Sharp, also named to the all-tournament team, had 16 points.

        Tulane shot 31 percent (18-58) from the floor and Cincinnati 28 percent (17-60). The Green Wave had a 49-39 rebounding edge.

        “We were counting on some misses and some rebounding,” UC coach Laurie Pirtle said. “But they could score with so many weapons.”

        CINCINNATI — Wilder 1-8 2-2 5, Young 0-2 1-2 1, Douglass 1-3 0-0 2, Sharp 7-21 1-1 16, King 8-17 0-0 22, Dozier 0-2 0-0 0, Merriweather 0-1 2-4 2, Flournoy 0-2 0-0 0, Hostetler 0-4 2-2 2. Totals: 17-60 8-11 50.

        TULANE — Turnbull 0-1 2-2 2, Slaughter 2-6 1-1 5, Burse 1-6 2-2 4, Goree 4-11 6-8 18, Scanlon 1-3 0-0 3, Nadeau 0-1 0-0 0, CArroll 0-1 0-0 0, Wilson 0-4 0-0 0, Joseph 0-4 0-0 0, McKiver 5-8 6-11 16, Themann 5-13 2-2 15. Totals: 18-58 19-26 63.

        Three-point field goals: Cincinnati 8-20 (Wilder 1-2, Sharp 1-4, King 6-10, Dozier 0-2, Meriweather 0-1, Hostetler 0-1); Tulane 8-23 (Turnbull 0-1, Goree 4-9, Sanlon 1-3, Nadeau 0-1, Joseph 0-2, Themann 3-7). Halftime score: Cincinnati 19, Tulane 17.


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