Pittsburgh Defeats Bearcats, 86-61

Jan. 12, 2008

Box Score

CINCINNATI -- Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored 21 points and Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) added 11 points for the University of Cincinnati (10-5, 1-2) but Pittsburgh (13-3, 3-0) dominated in the paint and defeated the Bearcats, 86-61, on Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena.

The Panthers outscored UC, 40-14, in the paint and outrebounded the Bearcats 50-33. Pitt shot a perfect 7-for-7 from the three point line in the first half to take a 27 point lead, 51-24, at the half.

"Give credit to Pittsburgh, they came out focused and ready to play," said UC head coach J. Kelley Hall. "We got our focus back and I think you saw a competitive game in the second half. But being down 27 at the half against a team like Pitt, it's tough to come back."

UC started slow, scoring its first bucket at the 17:15 mark when Graboski scored in the paint. Jacobs hit a jumper with 14:06 to go and Emy Ogide (Rockmart, Ga./Paulding County) tipped in a missed shot to give UC six points on the scoreboard, but Pitt scored 18 points in the first 9:33 of the half. The two teams traded baskets over the next three minutes but the Panthers connected on six three pointers in the last eight minutes of the half and used a 26-11 run to take a 51-26 lead into the locker room.

Roudebush scored seven points and Graboski landed a triple during a 10-0 run by Cincinnati three minutes into the second half, pulling within 16, 59-43. The Bearcats got as close as 14, 67-53, with 8:36 remaining, but the Panthers reacted with an 11-5 spurt that put the game out of reach, 78-58, with 3:21 left on the scoreboard.



Shavonte Zellous led all scorers with 32 points for Pittsburgh and Marcedes Walker scored 18 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, putting her over the 1,000 career rebound mark.

Cincinnati hits the road to take on Louisville at Freedom Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. The BIG EAST matchup will be televised on CSTV.