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Providence prevails against Bearcats

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Trailing by four points with 18:20 remaining in the game, Cincinnati went a costly nine-minute drought without a field goal.

 

Providence College subsequently cruised to a 57-43 win on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena, handing the Bearcats their 11th consecutive loss.

 

"At the start of the second half we couldn't score, we got back into our scoring slump," UC head coach Jamelle Elliott said. "The difference in the first half, we were finding ways to score which we haven't been doing the last 10 games."

 

"We were feeling good about our offense, but we got knocked right back down to reality to start the second half."

 

The Friars took advantage of poor shooting from UC in a 12-0 run to extend their lead to 16, their first double-digit lead.

 

The Bearcats were unable to cut the deficient below 13 points the rest of the way.

 

PC capitalized on a 39-29 advantage on the glass. The catalyst was forward Teya Wright with 18 caroms in addition to leading all scorers with 14.

 

"Boxing out is effort," Elliott said. "[It's] what we can control. It's hard to win when you're giving up 20 2nd chance points."  

 

Fresh off a career-night on Tuesday against Villanova, freshman Jeanise Randolph posted her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

 

"Starting the game I felt good," Randolph said. "I just got to stay aggressive and box out. [My team] is looking for me. I just got to finish around the basket and if I'm not able to score, pass it back out."

 

Another first-year guard Kayla Cook, netted a team-high 13 points along with seven boards. With three games left in their first campaign, Cook and Randolph have garnered enough starts (35 combined) to no longer be labeled rookies.  

 

"[We] can't say we're freshman anymore because we're not," Cook said. "We just got to do the little things right. That's a big thing we have been focusing on all year."

 

The first half was a back-and-forth contest. The Cats led by five with 10:41 left and the Friars largest lead was seven. There were four lead changes and the score was tied four times. 

 

"That was actually refreshing going into the locker room at halftime being in the game for the first time in a long time," Elliott said. 

 

Providence College ended the opening period on a 17-7 run to regain the lead while Cincinnati shot 8-14 from the charity stripe and missed several contested shots in the lane.

 

"We got free throws and layups," guard Bjonee Reaves said. "Those are easy money which is what we call [them]."

 

"We were excited about getting to the free-throw line, but [it] doesn't mean anything if we don't capitalize. I think if we make those free throws we're up three at the half."

 

Cincinnati hosts Syracuse Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

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