Stephens Eclipses 1,000 Career Points in 84-78 Loss at USF|
Feb. 28, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. - Trailing by as many as 25 points with 6:13 to play in the first half, the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team fought all the way back within two points, 76-74, with 2:56 remaining, but it was not enough as Cincinnati fell to USF 84-78 Saturday afternoon at the Sun Dome. Despite the loss, it was a milestone day for senior Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W. Va./Parkersburg South), who became the 22nd player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points.
Stephens, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored all 11 of her points in the final 17 minutes, including a free throw with 5:03 to play to give Stephens her 1,000th career point. Stephens now has 1,007 points for her career.
After starting out 1-for-11 from the field, Cincinnati (13-15; 3-12 BIG EAST) went 25-of-40 (67.5 percent) from the floor the rest of the way. Junior Kayla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored a game-high 22 points, her 10th 20-plus point effort of the season and her ninth consecutive double-figure scoring effort. Joining Stephens and Roudebush in double-figures was freshman Shanasa Sanders (Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault Senior) and Angel Morgan (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield North), who finished with 18 points and 12 points, respectively.
USF jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening three minutes and expanded its lead to 25 points, 39-14, with 6:13 to play. Behind 44-22 with 3:49 on the clock in the first half, UC went on a 10-2 run in the final 3:32 to close within 14 points at the half, 46-32.
Over the first five minutes of the second half, the Bulls double-figure lead stayed intact, but the Bearcats would not go away. From the 14:53 mark to the 10:37 mark, UC went on a 14-2 run to climb within four points, 62-58, with a little more than 10 minutes remaining. During the run, Roudebush scored seven of the Bearcats' 14 points.
USF slowly stretched its lead back out to 12 points, 75-63, with 5:26 to play, before UC made its second push. Stephens second 3-pointer in as many possessions capped off an 11-1 run that saw the Bearcats trailing by two points, 76-74, with 2:58 to play.
Unfortunately, that was as close as Cincinnati got as USF outscored the Bearcats 8-4 down the stretch to defeat UC, 84-78.
Cincinnati closes out its regular-season at home on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. versus DePaul. Monday marks Senior Day as the Bearcats will honor its two seniors, Stephens and Morgan, prior to the game.