Bearcats Pick up Second-Straight Win With 64-45 Victory over Friars|
Feb. 23, 2013
CINCINNATI – Junior Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Michigan) had 17 points and seven assists as the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team downed Providence College 64-45 in BIG EAST action on Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena. The 19-point margin of victory was the largest of the season for the Bearcats.
Hollins, junior Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and junior Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) each scored in double digits for Cincinnati, marking the second consecutive game three players have accomplished the feat. Hollins’ 17 points led all scorers while Turner added 12 points and Cook contributed 10. It marks the 21st time this season Hollins has scored in double digits.
The Bearcats opened the second half on a 14-4 run to take a commanding 45-30 lead. Hollins connected on three fastbreak layups during the spurt and Turner added four points. The run spanned four minutes and 44 seconds and lasted until the 14:16 mark.
The Friars got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way as the Bearcats’ defense held PC to just 23.3 percent shooting (7-of-30) in the final 20 minutes.
A 7-0 run expanded the Cincinnati lead to 64-43 with 2:06 left in the game. Sophomore Chelsea Jamison and senior Lesha Dunn each sank a pair of free throws and freshman Alexis Durley knocked down a triple in a run that took one minute off the clock.
The Bearcats ended the game shooting 45.5 percent from the floor on 25-of-55 shooting. They managed 12 points from the free throw line, the fourth straight game they have recorded double digits from the charity stripe.
Providence shot 29.5 percent (18-of-61) from the floor for the game. The Bearcats recorded 15 assists to the Friars’ five and also recorded 34 points in the paint to PC’s 16. UC tied a season-high with 10 fast break points.
The first half saw back-and-forth scoring until Cincinnati finally grabbed a substantial lead with 3:58 left in the half. After falling behind 19-17 on a Friar layup, the Bearcats employed a 11-2 run, including four points from Hollins and a three-point basket from Cook. UC was up 28-21 at the end of the run, which spanned five minutes and 46 seconds.
Hollins opened the game scoring the first five points for Cincinnati. Jamison also hit a streak of four consecutive points to tie the score at 19-19 with 9:23 remaining in the half.
The Bearcats led 31-26 at halftime behind 41.9 percent shooting (13-of-31) despite only making one-of-six three point attempts. UC held Providence to 35.5 percent shooting (11-of-31) and out-rebounded the Friars 22 to 16 in the opening stanza.
The Bearcats will close out their home schedule on March 2 when they face Rutgers at 5 p.m. Cincinnati will look to avenge a 55-46 loss suffered at Rutgers on Feb. 9.