Bearcats Fall At No. 10 Rutgers, 58-47

Jan. 7, 2012

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (9-7, 0-3 BIG EAST) was defeated by No. 10 Rutgers (13-2, 2-0 BIG EAST), 58-47, on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the RAC. The Bearcats were led by Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho County (Kan.)) with a game-high tying 15 points.

“We knew going into the game that we were going to be pressed for 40 minutes and it was going to be key how we handled their pressure, especially coming out of the gates,” said head coach Jamelle Elliott. “We got down 9-0 to start the game, then we regrouped and were able to handle their pressure pretty well for the rest of the game. We got open shots, but we didn’t get them to fall. All in all, I’m proud of the way we played against the No. 10 team in the country.”

Reaves was UC’s lone double-digit scorer and shot 5-of-18 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Her 15 points matched the game-high, as Rutgers’ Monique Oliver also scored 15. The Scarlet Knights held UC’s leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) to just nine points.

Rutgers took an early 9-0 lead in the first four minutes, but then went cold for the next five minutes as UC decreased the deficit, 11-7. Despite numerous Rutgers’ turnovers, the Bearcats were unable to capitalize – going scoreless for four minutes as RU doubled UC’s points, 24-12, with 4:42 left in the half.

The Bearcats shot just 21 percent (5-23) in the first half, including 15 percent from 3-point range (2-13), resulting in a 26-15 deficit at the break.

Cincinnati went on a 6-0 run to start the second half, but didn’t have an answer for Rutgers’ quick attack as the hosts pushed their lead to a game-high 18 points, 41-23, with 10:02 remaining. UC came within eight, 55-47, with less than one minute remaining, but that was as close as it could come as RU settled the 58-47 score.

Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer April Sykes recorded a double-double with 11 point and 11 boards.

Rutgers held the advantage on the glass, 37-25, and out-produced the Bearcats in the paint, 28-18.

The Bearcats take a week off before hosting No. 2 Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 14 for a 3 p.m. tip off.