Previewing the opponent: Georgetown Hoyas

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CINCINNATI -- The Bearcats are back in town after a three-game road trip to face a Georgetown team that comes into Saturday ranked No.17/15 in the two national polls. Cincinnati is as hot as any time this season coming off back-to-back BIG EAST wins; one at Syracuse in dramatic fashion and one in Milwaukee, Wisc. against Marquette this past Wednesday night.

"I can't say enough about my team," Head Coach Jamelle Elliott said. "I just told them in the locker room, there are a lot of teams in the country who get on a losing streak and their attitude changes and they feel sorry for themselves. I never felt that with my team. I knew that one of these games, we were going to come out on top if we stayed together and today it was a prime example of that. Everyone stepped up and gave us a chance to win."

The Bearcats (11-11), 2-7) hope to continue riding the momentum train tomorrow as they look to win three straight games for the first time since Dec. 29. A win tomorrow or another BIG EAST win down the road would also mean that the program will surpass last season's totals -- where they only had two conference victories.

"Everybody is getting involved and everybody feels confident that they are apart of our wins," Elliott said. "We've practiced hard and were just as prepared, so I'm looking forward to seeing how we come out against a good team at home."

The Hoyas (17-5, 6-3) are coming off an impressive throttling of Rutgers in D.C., where they nearly beat the No. 12 team in country by 20 points. Georgetown has the conference's leading scorer, Sugar Rodgers, who is averaging 19.8 points per game. She also has a team-high in steals this season with 56 over 22 games. Rodgers is also very efficient from the free throw line shooting a team-high 82.2 percent.

"They look to press off of any chance they get and they create a lot of points off their turnovers," Elliott said. "There's three keys to this game. Break their pressure and score while looking to be on the attack, transition defense, and not giving up second shots. If we can do those three things and hold them under their average we'll give ourselves a good chance to win."

Second on the squad with 11.9 points per game is senior forward Tia Magee. Magee earned her first career nod to the BIG EAST honor roll this week after the team's win against the Scarlet Knights. She also leads the team in rebounds grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game. Senior point guard Rubylee Wright is third on the team in scoring averaging 7.1 points per game. Last game Wright broke the program's all-time assist number when she recorded her 472nd assist. She leads the squad with 105 this season over 22 games played, which is an average of 7.1 per game.

Dayeesha Hollins and Bjonee Reaves have been instrumental during the past two conference wins and will need to continue to lead this team down the stretch. A recipe featuring Hollins and Reeves scoring in double-figures along with sophomore Jeanise Randolph dominating the boards has become a success-ridden game plan for the Bearcats. Hollins leads the team with 14.7 points per game and she scored 22 points against the Golden Eagles to help the underdog Bearcats win in Wisconsin. Reaves, who hit a last-second shot against Syracuse to give her team the victory scored 18 against Marquette and is now averaging 12.7 points per game. Randolph has averaged 11 rebounds in the past two wins and seems to be fully healthy for the first time this season. Randolph will now be able to complement Tiffany Turner's 7.1 points per game with dominance on the glass, which Elliott and the coaching staff have been looking for since Randolph's return.

"Her (Randolph) coming back healthy and playing the basketball that allowed her to be on the BIG EAST all-freshman team last year is something that's good for us," Elliott said. "She's able to bang with the post players down low, get rebounds, and box out. It gives us another dimension inside not only with scoring, but like you said rebounding."

This game is set to tip-off at 2 p.m. from Fifth Third Arena. The men's basketball team plays after the women at 7 p.m. against DePaul to complete the double-header.

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