Game Balls & Player Ratings: Longwood Lancers

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The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team avenged a home loss to the University of Indianapolis on Monday night with a 70-54 win over Longwood University in a holiday themed day game from Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats got back Dayeesha Hollins who missed one game with a shoulder injury and Jeanise Randolph who was out since the preseason with back complications. Hollins started for UC while Randolph played a limited role off the bench. The Bearcats were led today by senior Chanel Chisholm who had a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. Tiffany Turner was 7-7 from the free throw stripe and added 13 points. Turner remained in her starting role, but platooned the low-post position with Randolph, Talequia Hamilton, and Lesha Dunn, who saw limited minutes. While only playing a little during her first game back, Randolph showed hustle and was quite productive shooting a perfect 2-2 from the field with three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in only 13 minutes. Chisholm, Turner, and Randolph receive game ball honors for their efforts and production.

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

Game Ball winners:

1. Chanel Chisholm, 9 -- Chisholm was the most productive Bearcat today as she amounted 22 points, but also garnered 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. She also had a game-high four steals, which is a part of her game we haven't seen much of this season. Aside from passing up some scoring opportunities to force the extra pass, Chisholm had one of her strongest outings of the season. She has numerous game ball honors this season, but because of her role her consistency on this list can improve. Look for Chisholm to be one of the top scoring options this season behind Hollins, Reaves and Cook.

"I think the coaches did a great job doing scouting before the game," Chisholm said. "I just try to remember what my role is and I just know I can get to the basket, so I just try and do that the best I can."

2. Tiffany Turner, 8 -- Turner had another impressive output today and is adding to her role as one of the most consistent players on this squad. Turner had 13 points and six rebounds as she makes it tough for head coach Jamelle Elliott to decide who starts as Randolph is now available again. Turner is averaging 8.8 points per game on top of her team leading 8.1 rebounds per game. Look for Turner to continue to lose minutes however, because of the return of Randolph. Her numbers may drop a little bit as well, but Turner's role on this team as an important player and probably a starter will remain for the rest of the season.

"I'm going to still have the same mindset and we're just going to work well together," Turner said about having Randolph back.

"It's a good problem to have, having Jeanise back down low giving us a post presence inside," Elliott said. "How it's going to effect the line-up -- you probably don't want to change the starting line-up a whole lot because those guys have a whole lot of chemistry going, but it's going to be good to get Jeanise in the game." 

3. Jeanise Randolph, 8 --
The women's basketball program got what they wanted for Christmas when they got Randolph back from injury just in time for conference play. Randolph who will now add much needed depth behind Tiffany Turner played only 13 minutes this afternoon, but was productive and gave fans an idea what the team has been missing. Randolph was perfect from the field, granted she only attempted two shots, she was still an added threat on the floor. She also had three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals, so that was a good sight for sore eyes. Randolph deserves the credit for tonight's performance as this will help her build her confidence and get her mind of a nagging injury that will have to be monitored  throughout the season.

"It really feels great to be back to play," Randolph said. "I'm getting there, I'm getting there."

Honorable Mention: Kayla Cook, 7 -- Anytime you have a player that plays all 40 minutes as does Cook game-in-game-out you must mention them as they are pivotal to the team's success. Cook's shooting wasn't her best today, but she still finished second in scoring today with 14 points. 

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