Bearcats Bested by No. 1 UConn|
Feb. 1, 2014
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team fell to No. 1 and undefeated University of Connecticut 86-29 on Saturday afternoon in Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were led by eight points apiece from junior Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz), senior Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) and sophomore Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham).
The Bearcats opened the game in strong fashion, taking a 3-1 lead following an Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) 3-point bucket. They regained a 5-3 lead after a layup by Lovett and kept within five points of the nation’s top team through the first six minutes of the game. The defense also had a strong showing early, forcing UConn into five missed shots in the first five and a half minutes.
A foul-line jumper by senior Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) pulled Cincinnati to within 17-9 but the Huskies quickly took control of the game. Connecticut shut down the Cincinnati offense and opened a 22-0 scoring run which saw the visitors go ahead 39-9 with 1:09 remaining before half. UC got one more basket by sophomore Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) before heading to the locker room with a 41-11 score.
The Bearcats came out of the half focused of preventing long UConn scoring runs and were able to do so, never letting the Huskies score more than eight points at a time in the second stanza. Five players scored for Cincinnati in the second half, including six points from Whitfield.
Cincinnati finished with four blocks on the day, with two by Lovett. The team shot 80.0 percent from the free throw line (4-for-5) and scored 14 points in the paint.
Five players for Connecticut finished in double figures, led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley who each contributed 17 points.
The Bearcats take their act on the road next when they travel to Piscataway, N.J. to face Rutgers on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the American Digital Network.