Cincinnati Falls on the Road to St. John's|
Feb. 17, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team dropped a BIG EAST contest to St. John’s University Sunday evening, falling by a 75-46 score.
St. John’s used a 23-6 first-half run and scored 22 points off turnovers to down the Bearcats Sunday evening. The Red Storm shot 47 percent (27-of-57) from the floor in the contest including a 42 percent (5-of-12) clip from beyond the arc during the game. The Red Storm also capitalized from the free throw line, making 16-of-18 chances.
Cincinnati committed 17 turnovers compared to a season-low seven for the Red Storm. UC was outrebounded 34-30 and allowed a season-high 16 fastbreak points to St. John’s. The Bearcats shot 37 percent (18-of-49) from the floor but were out-scored 32-26 in the paint.
Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill. / Thornton Fractional North) led the Bearcats in scoring with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio / Winton Woods / Michigan) added eight points, two assists and one steal while Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J. / Malcolm X Shabazz) finished one shy of her career-best rebounding total with nine.
Nadirah McKenith led a trio of double-digit scorers for St. John’s with 20 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Aliyyah Handford totaled 14 points while Briana Brown chipped in 11.
The Bearcats came out strong in the opening minutes, scoring the first eight points of the contest. Chelsea Jamison (Indianapolis, Ind. / Broad Ripple), Randolph and Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio / South Webster) each added layups while Hollins netted a pair of free throws to account for the 8-0 lead. The start was aided by St. John’s opening the contest 1-for-10 from the floor. The only make during the span was a shot-clock desperation three from Nadirah McKenith.
However, the Red Storm flipped their shooting performance from there, draining 73 percent (16-of-22) of their shots the rest of the half. The turnaround was brought on by McKenith, who scored 10 straight points for the Red Storm. The spurt eventually turned into a 23-6 scoring advantage for the Red Storm, giving them a 23-14 lead with 7:26 left in the half.
St. John’s pulled away to close out the half with a 41-22 lead. The Bearcats were outscored 12-2 during the final 4:05 of the stanza.
Cincinnati never cut the lead below that 19-point margin in the second half as the Red Storm’s 34-24 scoring edge led them to the victory. Randolph added eight of her 12 points during the final 20 minutes.
Cincinnati returns to action Wednesday, February 20 when they travel to Pittsburgh for a 7 p.m. contest.