Bearcats Fall to No. 3 UConn, 80-37|
Jan. 19, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) scored a game-high 18 points, including 15 first-half points, but it wasn’t enough as the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (9-9, 0-5 BIG EAST) was defeated by No. 3 Connecticut (16-2, 5-1 BIG EAST), 80-37, on Thursday evening at Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies started on a 7-0 run, but the Bearcats weren’t far behind, as Hollins single-handedly made a four-point game, 17-13, after scoring all 13 of UC’s first points midway through the first half. UConn made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 34-19 and UC didn’t make any shots in the final four minutes as the Huskies closed out the half on an 8-0 run to settle the 42-19 score at the break.
The Huskies and Bearcats exchanged 3-balls to start the second half, but UConn came out in full force and continued to build its lead while limiting UC and Hollins’ scoring. It held a 64-32 lead with 8:18 remaining and didn’t allow another Bearcat basket for the next six minutes. Connecticut ended the game with its largest lead, 80-37.
UConn was led by Stefanie Dolson and Tiffany Hayes with 17 and 14 points, respectively. For the second-consecutive game, Cincinnati held its opponent’s leading scorer to single-digit scoring, as it limited Connecticut’s Bria Hartley to just six points.
UC held the edge in fast break points, 13-2, but lost the turnover battle, 25-16. It was outrebounded 42-24 by the Huskies.
The Bearcats return home to host St. John’s on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Fifth Third Arena at 2 p.m.