Previewing the opponent: St. John's Red Storm

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This week hasn't been too kind to the women's basketball program at the University of Cincinnati. During the past week the Bearcats fell at home to the No. two team in the country, Notre Dame, and the No. three team in the country, UCONN Huskies, on the road. Returning to her Alma mater was bitter sweet for head coach Jamelle Elliott, who saw a lot of press and warm reception while in Storrs. Her team's output did not match the thrill, however, as the Bearcats lost 80-37 on Thursday night to drop them to 0-5 in the BIG EAST and a 9-9 overall. Cincinnati will look to bounce back tomorrow when they face St. John's (12-7, 4-2) at home.

The Johnnies are coming off an upset win against Rutgers at home and have built a nice 4-2 record in the BIG EAST thus far. St. John's had three players score in double-figures against the No. 10 team in the country propelling them to victory. The leaders for St. John's this season include; junior Eugeneia McPherson who has scored double-figures in 13 consecutive games. She averages 14.2 points per game this season. The Red Storm has been playing better since senior forward Da'Shena Stevens has be reinserted into the line-up after healing from an early season injury. They are 7-2 since her return and she is averaging a team-high 7.4 rebounds per contest. Junior Shenneika Smith has been named to the BIG EAST honor roll two times this season already and averages 12.8 points per game. The third player averaging in double-figures is junior guard Nadirah McKenith who is averaging 11.7 points per game. The Red Storm is coached by Kim Barnes Arico, who is in her 10th-year at the helm.

The Bearcats must keep plugging away in order to record their first BIG EAST win of the season. Dayeesha Hollins has continued to play well this season, as she scored the team's first 13 points Thursday night at UCONN. Senior guard Bjonee Reaves continues to average in double-figures as well, but her production has been on the decline compared to Hollins. Elliott has not found any other consistent minutes from her bench or the rest of her starting line-up. Kayla Cook and Tiffany Turner went scoreless and while senior Chanel Chisholm added nine points while also contributing seven of the team's 25 turnovers in Storrs. Scoring will be necessary from the entire starting five on Saturday including some statistical additions from Jeanise Randolph and Alyesha Lovett off of the bench.

Tip off is set for 2 p.m. from Fifth Third Arena.

In Addition:

If you haven't read these already; here are some links from stories written about coach Elliott:

Jamelle Elliott Works to Build Her own Program

A special visit for Cincinnati Coach Jamelle Elliott

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