Cincinnati Narrowly Misses Road Win at Rutgers|
Feb. 4, 2014
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team nearly erased an eight-point deficit over the final three minutes of Tuesday’s contest at Rutgers, but were unable to convert on a game-tying shot in the final seconds as Rutgers escaped with a 58-53 win at home.
With 3:13 left in the game, a three-pointer from Betnijah Laney put the Scarlet Knights up 55-47. However, the Bearcats went on to score six-straight points, cutting the Rutgers lead to two with 1:11 to play. Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) and Chelsea Jamison (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple) each added buckets while Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) hit a pair of free throws.
Another defensive stop gave UC the ball back with 35 seconds, but an unforced turnover with 16 seconds left forced UC to foul and put Rachel Hollivay on the line where she hit one of her two free throws. Now down three, Cincinnati had a chance to tie as Lovett put up a three with two seconds left, but the ball hit off the iron and the Scarlet Knights pulled down the rebounds. Rutgers hit a pair of free throws with one second remaining to escape with a 58-53 win.
Making her first career start, Whitfield shattered her previous career high scoring effort putting up 16 points against the Scarlet Knights. The sophomore guard was 4-of-6 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She also added a game-high three steals and dished out one assist.
Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. Lovett also finished in double figures with 12 points while dishing out five assists. Kayla Cook (Webster, Ohio/South Webster) added nine points and two assists.
Freshman Tyler Scaife led Rutgers with 18 points, scoring 13 of those in the first half. Alternatively, Kahleah Copper added 12 of her 14 during the second half.
Cincinnati rebounded from shooting 22.2 percent in the first half to fire at a 48.1 percent clip in the final 20 minutes.
A tightly contest first half saw each team grab brief leads, but a quick 7-0 scoring run to close out the final three minutes of the frame allowed Rutgers to take a 27-18 lead at the break.
The Bearcats return home on Saturday, February 8 to host Houston in a conference game televised by the American Digital Network. Tip-off inside Fifth Third Arena is set for 2 p.m.