Bearcats Drop 51-34 Decision To St. John's

Jan. 21, 2012

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (9-10, 0-6 BIG EAST) was defeated by St. John’s (13-7, 5-2 BIG EAST), 51-34, on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were led by Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, Ill./Thornton Fractional North), who tied her season-high in points (10) and rebounds (7) before fouling out with 3:13 left in the game.

St. John’s 51 points were the fewest the Bearcats have allowed in the league this season.

Cincinnati got off to a sluggish start and was unable to score its first basket until the 12:51 mark. The Bearcats committed nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes of play, allowing St. John’s to take the 17-9 lead with 8:14 remaining. The Red Storm increased its lead to double-figures, 21-11, after a Eugenia McPherson 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining.

UC continued to turn the ball over five more times as St. John’s ended the half on a 14-3 run to make it 32-14 at the break.

Cincinnati briefly shifted the momentum in the second half, starting on a 6-2 run in the first five minutes to make it a 34-20 game. Randolph cut it to a 10-point game, 34-24, with 13:02 left, as the Red Storm went on a seven-minute scoring drought. But UC struggled offensively and St. John’s continued to pull ahead before settling the 51-34 final.

Cincinnati’s 34 points were the fewest it has scored this season and its 25 turnovers tied a season-high. It shot just 32 percent (13-41), including a season-low 18 percent (2-11) from 3-point range.

The Red Storm was led by three players in double-figures, including Shenneika Smith (11) and Da’Shena Stevens and McPherson with 10 points each.

The Bearcats will begin a three-game road swing when it travels to Villanova on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a 7 p.m. tipoff.