Bearcats Fall At Top-Ranked Connecticut, 86-49

Jan. 19, 2008

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HARTFORD, CT -- Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored 16 points and Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) added 15 for the University of Cincinnati (10-7, 1-4) but the Bearcats lost, 86-49, to No. 1/1 Connecticut (17-0, 5-0) on Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.

"I thought we came out ready to play and went head to head with them at the start," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "We have to shoot the ball well as a team or we don't have a chance. We shot 29 percent today. "

Cincinnati showed no jitters playing the nation's top-ranked team, leading 7-6 with 16:47 to go in the first half. The Huskies scored five unanswered points to go ahead 11-7 at the 16:13 mark. Roudebush knocked down a triple to pull UC within three after two free throws from UConn's Maya Moore, but the Huskies reacted with a 9-0 run to go up, 22-10, with 13:05 to go. Roudebush landed a physical jumper after a 3-pointer by UConn's Renee Montgomery and back-to-back buckets by Stephens and Emy Ogide (Rockmart, Ga./Paulding County) put UC within nine, 25-16. Montgomery and Moore went on a 12-4 run to give UConn a 37-20 advantage with 3:51 remaining in the half. The Huskies closed out the half on a 8-4 run, four in the last 30 seconds, to take a 20 point lead into the locker room, 45-25.

Stephens led UC with nine points and five rebounds in the first half while Moore (19) and Montgomery (16, four treys) combined for 35 of UConn's 45 first half points.

The Bearcats hit two 3-pointers to start the second half but Connecticut added eight points to its lead, making the scoreboard read 53-31 with 16:11 to go in the second half. Stephens connected from downtown and Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) hit a jumper but the Huskies used a 10-5 spurt to push ahead, 63-36, with 12:50 to play. UConn went on a 11-3 run over the next 5:10 for a 74-39 lead with 7:40 remaining. Roudebush scored eight straight points for the Bearcats but the Huskies scored nine and maintained a 36 point advantage with 3:34 to play. UC shot its first free throw of the second half with under a minute to play but the Huskies finished with the 37 point victory when Meghan Gardler hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining.

The Bearcats were outrebounded, 52-30, and gave up 36 points in the paint while shooting 29 percent from the floor. UConn was led by Montgomery, who scored a career and game-high 27 points. Moore added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Connecticut while Kaili McLaren chipped in 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies.

Cincinnati returns to Fifth Third Arena to play No. 5/5 Rutgers in a BIG EAST tilt on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.