It’s senior night for women’s basketball and the season opener for women’s golf. Here’s a sneak peek at this week and a look back at a great week in Bearcats athletics:
The women’s basketball team is on a roll having won five of their last six games; they return home this week for their final home games of the season. The Bearcats open their home stand on Tuesday, when they welcome Marquette to Fifth Third Arena. The team will look for their sixth BIG EAST win as they tip off at 7 p.m. They return to Fifth Third on Saturday to honor seniors Chanel Chisholm and Bjonee Reaves. In their final home game as a Bearcat, Chisholm and Reaves will help the team battle West Virginia at 2 p.m.
Men’s basketball plays at primetime on ESPN this Thursday. The Bearcats play host to rival Louisville at Fifth Third Arena. For this long-standing rivalry, fans attending are encouraged to wear black, as the 9 p.m. game has been tabbed as a blackout. Fans unable to attend can catch coverage on ESPN and radio 700 WLW. The team hits the road on Sunday as they travel to Tampa, Fl. The noon contest pits the Bearcats against the University of South Florida Bulls. Fans can catch the game on WKRC-TV and radio broadcast on 700 WLW.
The baseball team continues their early season road schedule on Friday, when they make the trip to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Tournament. The team will catch an early glimpse at BIG EAST rival Georgetown, as they open the tournament on Friday at 10 a.m. against the Hoyas. The Bearcats return to the field on Saturday at 4 p.m. battling tournament host Wake Forest. They close out the tournament on Sunday, playing UMBC at 12 p.m.
After capturing their first win of the season last week, the tennis team looks to add to the W column as they open a four game home stand on Friday. The Bearcats play on three days this weekend, starting Friday at 5 p.m. when they welcome Pittsburgh to the Western Tennis and Fitness Center. They return to the court on Saturday, battling West Virginia at 4 p.m. The team finishes the busy weekend on Sunday, playing Connecticut at 11 a.m.
In the middle of a six game road swing to open the season, the lacrosse team travels to Mt. Clinton, S.C. on Sunday. The Bearcats looks to capture their second win of the season, as they fight hard against Presbyterian. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m.
The women’s golf team opens their spring season on Sunday at the Sir Pizza Challenge. The Bearcats make their way to Weston, Fla. for the three-day tournament. Play starts on Sunday with conclusion on Tuesday.
After an impressive showing at the BIG EAST Championship, the swimming and diving team looks to make a lasting impact before the NCAA Tournament at the Last Chance Meet. The meet in Columbus, Ohio take place all day on Sunday.
This week’s Schedule Women’s Basketball
7 p.m., Tuesday: UC vs. Marquette, Fifth Third Arena
2 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. West Virginia, Fifth Third Arena
9 p.m., Thursday: UC vs. Louisville, Fifth Third Arena
12 p.m., Sunday: UC at USF, Tampa, Fl.
10 a.m., Friday: UC vs. Georgetown, Winston-Salem, N.C.
4 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C.
12 p.m., Sunday: UC vs. UMBC, Winston-Salem, N.C.
5 p.m., Friday: UC vs. Pittsburgh, Western Tennis and Fitness Club
4 p.m., Saturday: UC vs. West Virginia, Western Tennis and Fitness Club
11 a.m., Sunday: UC vs. Connecticut, Western Tennis and Fitness Club
12 p.m., Sunday: UC at Presbyterian, Mt. Clinton, S.C.
All day, Sunday: UC at Sir Pizza Challenge, Weston, Fl.
Swimming and Diving
All day, Sunday: UC at Last Chance Meet, Columbus, Ohio
Last Week’s Results
As the regular season winds down, the men’s basketball team returned to their winning ways with a pair of victories last week. The Bearcats opened their home stand on Wednesday with an 81-66 win against Providence. The team opened the game strong with a 14-0 run, while Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 22 points and eight rebounds. The team received a boost off the bench with Justin Jackson and Jeremiah Davis III posting eight and five points, respectively. The Bearcats returned to Fifth Third Arena on Saturday, were they beat Seton Hall, 62-57, in front of a near sellout crowd. In a game were the Bearcats never lost the lead, Dion Dixon and Cashmere Wright paced the team with 20 and 13 points, respectively. The Bearcats broke out of the gate fast, posting a 10-0 led in the first four minutes. JaQuon Parker rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points.
The swimming and diving team made a big impact at the BIG EAST Championship as they brought home titles and shattered UC records at the four day meet. The men’s and women’s teams both earned seventh place in the meet. The women's 800-meter freestyle relay team opened the meet strong by breaking the UC record with a time of 7 minutes, 24.82 seconds. On Thursday, the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team posted a time of 1:32.56 for a bronze medal. On the men’s side, Roberto Nevarez (21.13), Rob Walsh (21.24) and Michael Kaplan (21.49) each recorded personal best times in the 50-yard freestyle prelims. During the final day of competition, Liz Hansson and Helena Pikhartova finished first and second in the 50-yard freestyle.
The tennis team recorded its first win of the season, beating Wright State 6-1 at Western Tennis and Fitness Center. Starting the meet with a win in the doubles portion of the competiton with Safiyya Ismail and Kristina Georgieva securing the early led by winning a 8-7 tiebreaker. Sierra Sullivan, Jasmine Lee, Ashleigh Witte and Ismail all won in straight sets, while Georgieva won in three sets. The team headed out on a tough trip at Akron, were they lost 7-0 on Sunday. The Bearcats were topped in straight sets in the single portion of the meet. Carly Wilson fell 6-2, 6-1, while Sierra Sullivan and Kristina Georgieva dropped their matches, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-4, respectively.
After their first game was postponed because of rain, the baseball team faced two teams on Saturday at the BIG EAST/BIG TEN Challenge. The Bearcats fell to Indiana and Purdue, 7-4 and 6-0, respectively. The team face Indiana early Saturday morning, were they fought to erase a 4-0 deficit in the seventh inning but the Hoosier spoiled a comeback win by posting three runs in the ninth. Jake Procter paced the offense as he batted 2 for 4 and recorded 2 RBIs. Later that night, the Bearcats finally faced Purdue after the game was postponed. Justin Glass, Joey Bielek and Ryan Quinn posted the Bearcats only hits of the game. Pitcher Matt Ring made his first collegiate start. The team looked to bounce back on Sunday, but dropped a 5-3 decision to Penn State in the conclusion of the tournament. Throughout the game, the Bearcats held a 3-2 led, but Penn State rallied late to post three runs in the eighth inning. Braden Kline started the season on a high, posting a career-high four hits at five at bats.
Opening the season out west, the lacrosse team posted a 1-1 record for the start of the season. The Bearcats fell 14-9 on Friday to San Diego State but topped Fresno State, 17-12 on Sunday. Freshman Megan Bell started her collegiate career strong against SDSU by posting two goals, while captian Katie Kirazoglou continued her strong career by scoring three goals and securing two assists. The Bearcats jumped out with the led when Marissa Pierson and Kylie Ramsland both scored early goals. On Sunday, Ramsland continued her scoring ways by recording a career-high six goals. Three other Bearcats posted two or more goals in the game, while a total of eight Bearcats scored goals to give the team the 17-12 win. The Bearcats came out strong in the first with a 7-6 led, but it was the second- half that saw the team score 10 goals.
The women’s basketball team, winners of four of the last five, continued their winning ways by surviving a late rally by Seton Hall to win, 54-48, on Saturday. Dayeesha Hollins led two other double-digit scorers with a team-high 16 points, while Chanel Chisholm and Bjonee Reaves had 14 and 12 points, respectively. The Bearcats struck early and continued with a 10-0 run with just over six minutes left in the first. The Bearcats went into halftime with a 26-16 led.
The track and field team concluded the BIG EAST Indoor Championship with a second place finish for the first time in program history. The team brought home four individual crowns and a series of post meet honors. Kathy Klump paced the team with two individual victories in the 500 and 800 meter. Jasmine Cotton and Sarah Rasnick added the other two victories in the pentathlon and pole vault. Cotton grabbed a post-meet award with the BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer, while Klump was awarded with Most Outstanding Track Performer.
UC welcomed a new head volleyball coach when the hiring of Molly Alvey was announced on Wednesday. Alvey, the former head coach at Houston, was named the 12th head coach in the 40-year history of UC volleyball. She also had stops at Mississippi, Southern Indiana, and Temple prior to coming to UC.