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Game Balls & Player Ratings: Pitt Panthers

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CINCINNATI -- First home win in the BIG EAST this season? Check. First victory over Pitt since March 16, 2000? Check. The most wins under head coach Jamelle Elliott? Check. The Cincinnati Bearcats (13-12, 4-8) extended their winning streak to two and reached several team goals yesterday with a 62-57 victory over the Pitt Panthers (8-16, 0-11) from Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were led yesterday afternoon by three players, which scored in double-figures. Senior guard Bjonee Reaves led the squad with a game-high 19 points and sophomore guard Dayeesha Hollins scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior forward Chanel Chisholm was a double digit scorer for the second straight game as well. Chisholm had 14 points. This was a true BIG EAST match-up as the teams were knotted up for most of the game. UC dominated from the free-throw line during the first half and used a 6-0 run during the final three minutes of the first stanza to control at the break. Cincinnati avoided several runs from Pitt in the second half as well and was able to seal the team's fourth conference victory of the season, while sending Pitt to their 11th conference defeat. Reaves, Hollins and Chisholm receive game ball awards for their efforts and production.

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

Game Ball winners:

1. Bjonee Reaves, 9 --
In addition to scoring a game-high 19 points, Reaves was also the only Bearcat to be on the floor for all 40 minutes. Reaves shot 6-15 from the field, including draining three three-pointers, one which helped UC regain the lead in the closing portion of the first half. Reaves only had one turnover and propelled Cincinnati to the most wins during the Elliott era. Don't be surprised if Reaves leads the Bearcats in scoring when the season is all said and done.

2. Dayeesha Hollins, 9 --  Hollins can score we all know that, but who knew the sophomore guard would grab key rebounds as well. Hollins' eight rebounds complemented her 15 point output. She also helped seal the game with one of her four steals, which is a statistical category that no other Bearcat has seemed to dominate like Hollins has this season. Hollins also led the team in assists yesterday and even though she had only three dimes it still shows her ability to get her teammates involved.

3. Chanel Chisholm, 9 -- Chisholm had her second straight double-digit scoring output of the season on Saturday scoring 14 points. She did most of her work from the free-throw line where she scored seven of her 14 points. Her senior leadership has proven to work wonders and her efficient shooting is something that the team is looking to have every game down the stretch. If Chisholm can continue to score in double-figures it will give the team a three-headed scoring attack that would lead to more wins down the stretch.

Honorable Mention: Jeanise Randolph -- Randolph added eight points to go along with her team-high 10 rebounds. Randolph played 10 more minutes than starter Tiffany Turner yesterday and even though Turner struggled she remains the team's first option in the low block. 

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