Women's Basketball |
Jan. 24, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. – Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho County (Kan.)) led the Bearcats with 20 points – all of which were scored in the second half – but it wasn’t enough for the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (9-11, 0-7 BIG EAST) to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit as it was defeated by Villanova (13-7, 3-4 BIG EAST), 62-53, on Tuesday evening at the Pavilion.
Reaves and Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) combined for more than half of UC’s output, as Hollins finished with 17 points.
After trailing 33-18 at halftime, the Bearcats outscored the Wildcats, 35-29, in the second half, and brought it within three, 52-49, with five minutes remaining. But Villanova iced all its shots from the stripe to hand UC its sixth-straight loss of the season.
The Bearcats kept it close in the opening minutes until a Lauren Burford 3-ball opened up a 12-4 lead for the Wildcats with 14:19 remaining. Hollins narrowed the deficit, 19-14, but then Villanova got hot from downtown, knocking down five 3-pointers in a row to build to its lead, 29-16, with 4:23 left in the first.
The Bearcats shot 35 percent in the first half, including 20 percent (1-5) from behind the arc and headed into the halftime break trailing, 33-18.
Cincinnati played a quick game of catch-up, as Hollins and Reaves nearly equaled the team’s first-half output within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Reaves, who didn’t score any points in the first 20 minutes, took control in the second stanza and made it a 44-37 game with 10:32 left.
UC kept chipping away at the VU lead, coming within three, 52-49, after a Reaves’ 3-ball with 5:04 remaining, but Villanova went on an 8-2 run in the final minutes and made all of its foul shots to maintain the lead and settle the 62-53 score.
UC had the advantage in the paint, 22-18, but was narrowly outrebounded by Villanova, 28-27.
The Wildcats were led by Burford and Laura Sweeney, who had 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Cincinnati continues its road swing when it heads to Syracuse on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a 4 p.m. tip.