UC Outlasts Pitt, 62-57, For Most Wins In Elliott Era|
Feb. 11, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team (13-12, 4-8 BIG EAST) defeated Pittsburgh (8-16, 0-11 BIG EAST), 62-57, to improve to 13-12, giving UC its most wins under head coach Jamelle Elliott. It marked Cincinnati's first BIG EAST Conference home win of the season and first time it has beat Pitt since March 16, 2000.
Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon), Chanel Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt) and Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) led the Bearcats in double-figures. Reaves had a game-high 19 points, while Chisholm recorded her second-straight double-digit game with 14 points. Hollins finished with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Pittsburgh recorded 10 first-half fouls, as half of Cincinnati's first 14 points came from the free throw line. The visitors held the lead for the majority of the first half, but UC regained its lead off a Reaves' 3-pointer to make it 26-25 with 2:42 remaining. It held the Panthers scoreless for the final 3:23 of the half, while going on a 6-0 run to hold the 28-25 lead at the break.
UC pushed its lead to seven, 32-25, after scoring the first four points of the second half, but Pitt tied it up at 35 with 14:16 remaining. Chisholm broke up the tie game with a 3-ball, while the Pittsburgh found itself in foul trouble after two of its starters, Marquel Davis and Ashlee Anderson, picked up four fouls midway through the second stanza.
Pitt knotted it up one more time, but UC pulled ahead by six, 57-51 with less than three minutes remaining. The Panthers cut it to a two possession game, but Hollins made a steal with 1:50 left to all but seal the victory.
The Panthers were led by Leeza Burdgess with a double-double (10 points, 16 rebounds), Brianna Kiesel (13 points), Davis (13 points) and Anderson (15 points).
The Bearcats take one week off before traveling to Seton Hall on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.