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Game Balls & Player Ratings: IPFW

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The Bearcats won in convincing fashion tonight against IPFW. Four players scored in double figures and UC was able to put up 74 points while only allowing 42. This is the first edition of Game Balls & Player Ratings and this feature will be showcased after every home game this season. Tonight's game balls go to Chanel Chisholm, Dayeesha Hollins, and Alyesha Lovett for their efforts and production.

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

Game Ball winners:

1. Chanel Chisholm, 9 -- Chisholm got off to a red-hot start scoring seven of the first nine points for the Bearcats. She quickly reached double figures while also playing a key role on the defensive end. She was a stat sheet stuffer tonight recording her first career double-double adding 13 rebounds to her game-high 19 points. She also had three steals and three blocks. She propelled the squad tonight and set the pace for the convincing win. Chisholm will have to keep her defensive presence prominent because of a recent injury to starting forward Jeanise Randolph. Overall, it was a very nice performance for Chisholm, who in her senior season should be a recurring game ball winner.

"Previous to the game I knew I had to just focus on making shots," Chisholm said. "Honestly, I just knew I had to crash the boards a lot especially when Jeanise was out. I know that I can come in, go hard on the boards, and get some rebounds to help my team out."

"One of the things I told my team going into the game was we have two post-players that are pretty banged up," Elliott said. "One of the things we talked about was other guys stepping up at the things they're good at. Chanel is good at driving at the basket, offensive rebounding, and creating some points off her steals. She did that today." 

2. Dayeesha Hollins, 7.5 -- Hollins was not able to get off to the quick start that she did in last week's exhibition match against NKU, but Hollins got it going in the second half amounting 17 points for the game. Based on the type of player she is it will be tough for any team to stop her from scoring. Hollins was also able to get her teammates involved consistently tonight and added to the team's defense recording three steals. Hollins should be a recurring game ball winner this season and for good reason. Not a spectacular performance overall, but a memorable one for the new Bearcat.

"One thing about Dayeesha is I've had a chance to see her two years now, in practice, and now in couple games," Elliott said. "She can score a lot of different ways. She can shoot the three, she can drive to the basket and finish, she can pull-up, and she can play good defense. A kid like that who is able to score so many different ways is going to be hard to really shut out."  

3. Alyesha Lovett, 7 -- Lovett makes the most out her minutes. The talented freshman was third on the team in scoring tonight, but most importantly she did it while being a spark off the bench. She will have to keep up the intensity in order to be a common game ball winner this season, but she has started the season off with a bang. Able to control the pace and handle the ball as well, Lovett is another option at the guard position that can score double-figures every game. Overall, Lovett showed signs of stardom and in my estimation will become a fan favorite as the season progresses. 

"I just wanted to keep up the intensity that the team already had," Lovett said. "Going in there and making some quick shots helped my team out. My team helped me out in practice too and they pushed me hard so I think I was ready."

"She's a scorer. That's why I recruited here to come to Cincinnati," Elliott said. "She was an excellent three point shooter in high school, she's able to take the ball to the basket, she's long, and she's lengthy, so she can create some steals with deflections. I like having her out there."

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