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Fatigue plays a role in Watkins quiet performance against Albany

The Lady Bearcats were a few key possessions and lucky bounces away from upsetting four-time defending America East champion Albany on Monday. BU lost 59-47 but had the lead for the majority of the first half. The third quarter proved their undoing though, as the Great Danes rode a 13-8 third and a 15-9 fourth to the win.

While Kim Albrecht pocketed 20 points and Alyssa James picked up 14 points and 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year, one key player was noticeably quiet. Imani Watkins was the team's leading scorer entering play (but was passed by James by the end) but had a rough night. The sophomore guard scored just eight points and was just 2-19 from the floor, both coming from beyond the arc. While that's an uncharacteristic night for the Bearcats star, there's a simple explanation... she's tired.

"We're asking a lot of her and [Monday] you saw, she's human," said Head Coach Linda Cimino. "She's really been playing unbelievable for us and [Monday], she had a night that, you don't want to have this happen every night but it's bound to happen. On the flip side, I'm really proud of Imani's effort, she never had an attitude, she never got down on herself, she kept playing hard and she was making her teammates better by distributing to her teammates."

While it became more noticeable later in the game that Watkins was pressing, Cimino took the approach of pairing timeouts with media timeouts to extend the time Watkins could rest rather than take her out of the game for a quick breather because there aren't many other options.

"Unfortunately we don't have another guard," Cimino said. "We are short on the guards, our bench is short and today you saw that our short bench hurt us. We've been lucky that all season we've been able to hide it a little bit but you when play a team that presses for 40 minutes, you saw today what happens with that. To be quite honest with you. She doesn't want to come off the court and she's a competitor. You've seen what she's done for us the last two games so for us to take her off the court is probably more damage than to keep her on the court."

BU travels to Vermont on Thursday.