Cincinnati Women’s Basketball: Bearcats set to participate in Daytona Beach Invitational

Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jillian Hayes reaches for a steal from Wichita State Shockers guard Carla Bremaud at Fifth Third Arena. The Enquirer.
Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jillian Hayes reaches for a steal from Wichita State Shockers guard Carla Bremaud at Fifth Third Arena. The Enquirer. /
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The Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team is set to participate in the annual Daytona Beach Invitational with upcoming matchups with Texas-Arlington and Charlotte on Friday and Saturday.

Following a win over Lindenwood, the Bearcats face Texas-Arlington on Friday afternoon before taking on Charlotte the following night. Cincinnati will enter the mid-season tournament with a 3-2 record.

Texas-Arlington is led by WAC Preseason Player of the Year Starr Jacobs and Arkansas State transfer Jireh Washington, who is averaging a team-high 16.5 points and 6.5 assists per game this season.

Cincinnati is fresh off a 71-60 win at Lindenwood, while Texas-Arlington fell short against Oklahoma last week. The game is scheduled to start on Friday at 3:30 PM in Daytona Beach at the Ocean Center.

Cincinnati Women’s Basketball: Bearcats set to participate in Daytona Beach Invitational

In the first road win of the year, junior forward Jillian Hayes led the Bearcats with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mya Jackson added 13 points and a team-high four assists at Lindenwood.

It was the fifth career double-double for Hayes and Jackson reached double figures in scoring for a fifth consecutive game. Additionally, the Bearcats forced a season-high 24 turnovers in the 71-60 win.

After playing the Mustangs, Michelle Clark-Heard’s team will meet Charlotte for the 19th time ever on Saturday at 5:45 PM. Cincinnati is 12-6 against the 49ers with the most recent win coming in 2013.

The Bearcats have a good chance to grab a couple wins in the Daytona Beach Invitational but it’s not going to be easy since both opponents are coming off NCAA Tournament appearances last season.

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