Women's Basketball Falls to USF on the Road|
Jan. 15, 2013
CINCINNATI - Scoring droughts during the final minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half cost the Cincinnati women's basketball team during a BIG EAST road contest Tuesday evening. The Bearcats succumb to a University of South Florida team that posted 77 points while limiting UC to a season-low 44.
The Bearcats couldn't find an answer for the high-powered scoring duo of Andrea and Andrell Smith. The twin sisters combined to score 33 of USF's 77 points, shooting 52 percent (13-for-25) from the floor. Even more impressive, the pair shot 71.4 percent (5-for-7) from behind the arc.
Cincinnati shot 32.7 percent from the floor compared to 46.8 percent for the Bulls. The Bearcats tied a season-best mark in steals with 13, but also committed a season-high 25 turnovers. The miscues led to 19 points for the Bulls.
Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill. / Thornton Fractional North) returned to the line-up after missing nine games to lead the Bearcats in scoring with 12 points. Overall, the junior shot 5-for-6 from the floor while pulling down seven rebounds. Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Canada/Trinity Valley CC) finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) saw her streak of double-digit scoring snapped at 26 games after netting eight points in Tuesday's contest. She dished out four assists and had five steals. Lovett contributed eight points and four steals.
UC took their first and only lead of the contest at the 13:13 mark of the first half after a jumper from Hollins. From there the Bulls scored nine straight to take a 15-7 lead. UC answered back with a score from Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas/Andy Dekaney) and free throws from Hollins that cut the lead to three before Andrell Smith sparked the Bulls.
The Bearcats fell victim to a 12-0 USF run that closed out the first half of action and sent UC to the locker room trailing 34-19. Andrell Smith single handedly carried the Bulls during the final minutes as she accounted for all 12 USF points. The run was bookended by three's from the senior.
Unfortunately for the Bearcats the halftime break didn't seem to alter the offense of the Bulls as they opened the second half on a 21-6 run that pushed the lead to 58-25. Combined with the scoring total from the first half, USF out-scored Cincinnati 33-6 during the span.
UC finished the game with a three from Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, K.Y./South Oldham) but fell by the final score of 77-44.
UC will stay on the road this week, next traveling to face Louisville Friday night. The Cardinals and Bearcats will face off at 7 p.m. in Louisville.