Reaves' Last-Second Jumper Gives UC First BIG EAST Win|
Jan. 28, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior guard Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho County (Kan.)) hit a jumper with five seconds remaining to give the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (10-11, 1-7 BIG EAST) its first BIG EAST win against the Syracuse Orange (13-9, 2-6 BIG EAST), 55-54, on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. With the win, head coach Jamelle Elliott is 2-0 in games played at the Dome.
“I can’t say enough about my team,” Elliott said. “I just told them in the locker room, there are a lot of teams in the country who get on a losing streak and their attitude changes and they feel sorry for themselves. I never felt that with my team. I knew that one of these games, we were going to come out on top if we stayed together and today it was a prime example of that. Everyone stepped up and gave us a chance to win.”
Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) paced four Bearcats in double-figures with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the arc. Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) and Reaves contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) recorded a double-double with 11 points to go along with 13 rebounds. It was Randolph’s first double-double since Feb. 19, 2011 when she registered 10 points and 11 rebounds against Providence.
After UC found itself down by one, 54-53, with 1:13 to go, Reaves made a steal in front of the Bearcats’ bench with 27 seconds to go, allowing Elliott to call a timeout. After the regroup, Reaves kept the ball and nailed the jumper, while Syracuse was left with no timeouts as time expired.
It began as a low-scoring affair, as both teams combined for only 11 points as the Orange led 8-3 with 11:30 left in the first half. The Bearcats then went on a 12-4 run during a five minute span to take the lead, 15-12, with 6:09 remaining. SU came within three, 23-20, with less than two minutes remaining, but Cincinnati ended the half leading, 27-22. It was UC’s first halftime lead since it had the 31-27 advantage heading into the locker room against USF on January 3.
The Bearcats pushed its lead to 10, 36-26, three minutes into the second half, but Syracuse turned up its intensity and narrowed the deficit before tying it up at 43-43 with 8:12 to go on a Phylesha Bullard bucket. UC regained the lead, but Hollins fouled out, leaving Cincinnati without its leading scorer for the final 3:50 of the contest.
Iasia Hemingway knotted things up once again, 50-50, with 2:24 remaining before putting the Orange up by a bucket with less than two minutes remaining. Cook sunk a three from downtown, but Elashier Hall’s jumper gave the Orange the one-point advantage, 54-53, with 1:13 left.
Syracuse was led by Hemingway with 12 points and Kayla Alexander with 11 points.
The Bearcats concludes its road swing when it travels to Marquette on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.