UC Continues To Roll, Wins Fourth-Straight, 60-46|
Feb. 21, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (15-12, 6-8 BIG EAST) continued its historic season when it defeated Marquette (13-14, 4-10 BIG EAST), 60-46, on Tuesday evening at Fifth Third Arena. With the victory, UC has its most BIG EAST Conference wins since the 2006-07 season, when it won six. The Bearcats have now won four-straight and six of the last seven contests. Marquette’s 46 points were the lowest UC has held a conference opponent to this season.
Seven Bearcats recorded points in the victory, but it was Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon), Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) and Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, Ill./Thornton Fractional North), and Chanel Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt) who led UC’s offensive effort. Reaves poured in a game-high 15 points and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers, while Hollins contributed 14 for her eighth-straight double-digit output. Randolph and Chisholm added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles made it a 6-3 game in the early minutes, but the Bearcats went on a 13-2 run, including seven from Hollins, to take the 16-8 lead. Cincinnati continued to roll, increasing the margin to 11, 27-16, with 5:31 remaining on a Reaves’ 3-ball. The Bearcats pushed it to a 16-point game, 34-18, with 2:21 remaining before closing out the half on a 5-0 run to take the 39-22 halftime lead.
Cincinnati’s 17-point halftime lead was its largest halftime lead against a BIG EAST opponent since Jan. 23, 2007, when it led Georgetown, 44-20. The Bearcats also shot a season-high 59 percent (16-27) in the first half.
Reaves opened the second half with a 3-ball to make it a 20-point game, 42-22, and the Bearcats continued clicking on all cylinders as it rolled to its fourth-straight victory.
Marquette was led by three players in double figures, including Chelsie Butler (12), Arlesia Morse (10) and Katherine Plouffe (10).
The Bearcats host West Virginia for Senior Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.