BIG EAST teams went 1-1 Thursday night and snapped a league-wide 15-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 26. Nonetheless, the league’s nonconference record sits at 83-26 for a .761 winning percentage. In addition, all 16 teams in the league hold a record of .500 or better and four squads remain undefeated.
Sophomores Kayla Cook and Tiffany Turner set career highs as Cincinnati beat Morgan State 64-60 and improved to 6-0. Cook shot 7-of-11, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range en route to a career-best 20 points. Turner recorded her second career double-double with a career-high 17 points and 12 rebounds.
“All credit to Morgan State,” said head coach Jamelle Elliott. “They are a scrappy team. They came in here with nothing to lose, no pressure on them and playing against a BIG EAST school.”
Cook was the go-to Bearcat as UC lost a 10-point halftime lead and saw Morgan State pull within three numerous times in the second half. A Cook 3-ball with 46 seconds left increased the Cincinnati lead to seven, 60-53. A pair of free throws by redshirt-sophomore Dayeesha Hollins in the final seconds all but iced the victory for the Bearcats, who improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2001-02.
Elsewhere, Seton Hall (5-3) lost to Hofstra 94-74. Senior Jasmine Crew scored a game-high 25 points, while junior Brittany Morris went off for a career-high 22 points. Crew also posted a season-best six assists to lead all players. Hofstra moved to 5-1 on the season.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.