CINCINNATI, Ohio - Down by 13 at halftime, the College of Charleston women's basketball team fought back and narrowed the gap to one point, but couldn't take the lead as they fell 66-57 against Cincinnati Sunday at Fifth Third Arena.
Senior Latisha Harris led the Cougars (2-3) with 13 points and junior Alyssa Frye added 11 points. Junior Jillian Brown played a complete game with six points, seven assists and four steals.
Brown's seventh assist was the 242nd of her career and moves her into a tie for 10th on the Cougars all-time list.
"I'm proud of my team," head coach Natasha Adair said. "I got to see my kids fight and see people step up. They played hard and fought against a very good Big East team. I'm not ok with losing, but I know my team is getting better every game."
Cincinnati (3-1) jumped out to an 18-7 lead in the first eight minutes of the contest. Frye led the Cougars with seven points in the opening half, but the Cougars trailed 36-23 at the break.
Senior Cathryn Hardy opened the second half by grabbing one of her 11 rebounds and put it back for a layup and was fouled to cut the Bearcat lead to 10 on the first possession of the half.
Freshman Shannon Hines provided a spark for the Cougars as she hit two three-pointers as part of a 12-4 run to cut the Cincinnati lead to just one at 48-47 with 11:05 to go.
The Cougars and Bearcats traded baskets over the next several minutes and with 4:38 to go CofC was still within three at 56-53. Cincinnati went on a 6-2 run over the next two and half minutes to extend their lead to seven at 62-55 with 2:02 to play. Cincinnati would get a layup and foul on the next possession to go up 11.
Also making an impact on the game was sophomore Courtney McKenzie, who scored her first points of her collegiate career in the first half and finished with six points and five rebounds for the game.
The game was the Cougars seventh meeting with a Big East school and their record against the conference is 1-6.
Up next the Cougars return home to battle Winthrop Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.