Second-Half Surge Leads Rutgers Past Cincinnati|
Feb. 9, 2013
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team held a 30-23 lead halftime, but managed just 16 points during the final 20 minutes as Rutgers earned a 55-46 come-from-behind win.
Rutgers (14-8, 5-4 BIG EAST Conference) commanded the boards all night, using a 45-21 overall edge in rebounding to outscore Cincinnati (8-15, 0-10 BIG EAST) 13-4 in second-chance points. Overall the Scarlet Knights grabbed 21 offensive boards.
Leading 30-23 starting the second half, UC briefly stretched the lead to nine points (34-25) before Rutgers used a 9-2 scoring run to tie the game at 36. The scoring for both teams halted there as nearly four minutes ticked off before the Scarlet Knights took a lead with a Shakena Richardson lay-up. Including that score, Rutgers outscored UC 11-3 to stretch the lead to eight points (47-39).
Rutgers denied a UC comeback in the final minutes by going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, earning a 55-46 BIG EAST win.
The Bearcats finished one shy of a season-high total in blocked shots with five. Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill. / Thornton Fractional North) and Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Canada / Trinity Valley CC) each swatted away a pair while Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J. / Malcolm X Shabazz) added one. Rutgers turned the ball over 18 times compared to 13 for Cincinnati, but UC was unable to capitalize on the advantage as each team scored 12 points off turnovers.
Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio / Winton Woods / Michigan) added 20 points on a 6-of-12 shooting effort to lead all scorers. It marked the fifth 20-point game for the redshirt junior this season and the 12th of her career. She went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and was perfect on five shots from the charity stripe. She also added three assists and two steals.
Alexis Durley (Houston, Teaxas / Andy Dekaney) added eight points, two assists and two rebounds while Dunn contributed five points, three rebounds and two assists. Randolph and Cook each grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
Rutgers was led by Monique Oliver, who added a team-high 13 points off the bench. Starters Betnijah Laney and Shakena Richardson each added 12 points.
In the last four minutes of the first half half, Cincinnati took control of a tight battle thanks to an 11-3 scoring run with all 11 points coming from Hollins. A Lovett steal lead to a score from the redshirt junior before she caught fire from behind the arc. Hollins hit shots from long range on three-straight possessions, spanning just 97 seconds. Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio / South Webster), Lovett and Dunn each dished out assists.
UC entered the break holding a 30-23 lead. However, after shooting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) in the first half, the Bearcats connected on just 29.4 percent (5-of-17) of their shots during the final stanza, allowing Rutgers to hold a 31-16 scoring edge in the second half.
Cincinnati returns home on Wednesday, February 13 to face Marquette in a BIG EAST contest that tips off at 7 p.m.