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Game Balls & Player Ratings: Dayton

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The Bearcats are winners for the second time this season as they knocked off the Atlantic 10 favorite, Dayton Flyers, 75 to 64 at Fifth Third Arena in front of 645. The University of Cincinnati had four players score in double figures for the second consecutive game and were able to limit their turnovers by 10 tonight. Tonight's game balls are awarded to Bjonee Reaves, Chanel Chisholm, and Dayeesha Hollins for their efforts and production.

Player ratings: (0-10; 10=Best)

Game Ball winners:

1. Bjonee Reaves, 9 -- Reaves was absolutely stunning down the stretch tonight. The senior point guard scored a career-high 25 points on 21 shots. Her production did not stop there, Reaves was also able to add seven assists and five rebounds to the stat sheet. She scored 14 of her 25 points in the second half; helping propel the Bearcats past a Dayton comeback-scare. Reaves went five-for-six from the free throw stripe helping seal the game for UC. It was a staggering performance tonight for Reaves and she is a game ball winner for the first time this season.

"I was just finding my shots within the offense," Reaves said. "The fact that I was getting my teammates open and passing them the ball allowed me to get open shots myself. It was a collective effort tonight and I just feel like tonight was proof that on any given night anyone on our team can score. We are very versatile."

2. Chanel Chisholm, 7 --  Chisholm got off to another hot start for the Bearcats tonight shooting 70% from the field in the first half. She led all scorers at halftime with 14 points and finished the game with 15 points. She was also the leading re-bounder in the game amounting eight rebounds in 38 minutes tonight from a guard playing the forward position. She drove to the basket well and made sure not to let a taller Dayton team get second chance points by cleaning up on the boards. Thought to get her second career double-double in the second half, Chisholm was slowed down in the second half, but her first half output was pertinent to the team's success tonight and earned her another game ball for the 2011-12 season.

"You have to remember that Chanel is actually a guard. She played guard for us last year," Head Coach Jamelle Elliott said. "I moved her inside this year because I thought she would be a little more productive inside."

3. Dayeesha Hollins, 7.5 -- There were plenty "Dayeesha Hollins!" moments in tonight's game as the red shirt sophomore was able to escape pressure, get to the basket, and set her teammates up with easy shots frequently. Hollins did a phenomenal job handling the ball tonight for the Bearcats and led the team and the game with seven assists. She scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half as the Bearcats avoided a Dayton surge to move to 2-0. Hollins was very productive from the floor shooting 75% on eight shots. The only downside to her game tonight was her 1-for-5 shooting from the free throw line. The athletic ability she possesses seems like a women's version of Derrick Rose and her efforts earned her another game ball for the 2011-12 season.

"Because Dayeesha is so quick with the ball and she's a great ball handler she was able dribble out of the trap," Elliott said. "I'm happy we have Dayeesha, she is a player that is extremely quick with the ball, she's poised, she's under control, and she's normally doesn't turn the ball over. I have to have her out on the floor."

Honorable Mention: Tiffany Turner, 7 -- 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks

"Tiffany did a great job," Elliott said. "Tiffany is playing on all heart right now. She has a bum knee."

 

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