No. 17/15 Georgetown Escapes Late UC Rally, 65-54|
Feb. 4, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (11-12, 2-8 BIG EAST) erased seven double-digit deficits and came within six of No. 17/15 Georgetown (18-5, 7-3 BIG EAST) in the final minute, but it wasn’t enough as UC was defeated by the Hoyas, 65-54, on Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena.
Leading the way for the Bearcats was senior guard Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon), behind a career-high tying five 3-pointers, and Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) with 17 points each. Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) pitched in 10 points.
Cincinnati kept it a close one for the first five minutes, knotting it at 9-9 with 14:52 left, but then Georgetown went on a 10-0 run for its first double-digit lead of the afternoon. Hollins stopped the five-minute scoring drought to make it 19-11 with 9:49 to go, but the Hoyas scored the next five to give GU its largest lead, 26-11, with 7:21 remaining. The momentum shifted in UC’s favor as it was able to close in on Georgetown via a 14-3 run to make it 29-25 at the half.
The Bearcats came within four, 34-30, on a Reaves’ 3-pointer with 17:30 left in the game, but Georgetown stepped up and made the next six to regain its double-digit lead, 40-30, at the 12:30 mark. Cincinnati cut into the lead again with the help of a Cook 3-ball with 6:12 left to narrow the margin to four once again, but the Hoyas didn’t let up. GU built its advantage back up to 15, 53-43, while the Bearcats came within reach one more time, 60-54, but the Hoyas made all its remaining free-throws to settle the final score.
Following a quiet first half, GU leading scorer Sugar Rodgers finished with a game-high 19 points and paced four Hoyas in double-figures. Tia Magee scored 18, while Rubylee Wright and Taylor Brown contributed 10 a piece.
Georgetown outscored UC in the paint, 22-12, and made 24 points off 24 Cincinnati turnovers. It also won the rebounding battle, 38-33.
Cincinnati looks to rebound when it travels to Providence on Tuesday, Feb. 7 for a 7 p.m. tipoff.