Bearcats BIG EAST Tournament Run Ends In 54-51 Loss To Marquette|
March 2, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (15-15) lost a hard-fought battle to Marquette (14-16), 54-51, in the first round of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship on Friday evening at the XL Center.
Cincinnati ended the season 15-15, which is the first time since 2006-07 that it has finished with at least a 500 record. UC’s 15 wins is the most the program has recorded under head coach Jamelle Elliott and ties its win total from the 2006-07 season, when it finished 15-14.
Three Bearcats recorded in double-figures in a game featuring eight ties and six lead changes. Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) recorded a team-high 15 points, followed by all-BIG EAST Second Team member Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) with 14. Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, Ill./Thornton North Fractional) registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The game was tied five times in the first half with neither team taking more than a four-point lead until the final minute of play.
The Bearcats went on a 7-0 lead, capped by a Reaves’ 3-ball to give UC the 20-17 lead with less than five minutes left. Marquette pulled within two, 23-21, with 2:43 on the clock and had several chances to come even closer after drawing two fouls in the final 1:10 of the half. However, the Golden Eagles went 0-of-4 from the line and allowed Cincinnati to take the 28-21 at the break after a third Reaves’ 3-pointer with 13 ticks remaining.
MU drained three-straight 3-pointers to start the second half to come within four, 34-30, with 16:42 on the clock. The Golden Eagles continued inching closer and regained the lead via a 9-0 run, 36-34, with 14:22 remaining.
Hollins scored all nine of UC’s first points in the second half, but it was Randolph who made the equalizer, 39-39, with 10:50 left. Arlesia Morse and Reaves exchanged 3-pointers and UC tied it one minute later, 44-44, with 6:10 left, but the Golden Eagles held the advantage the rest of the way. After icing two from the charity stripe with two seconds remaining, a Hollins’ last-second half-court heave rimmed out to give Marquette the victory.
The Golden Eagles were led by Katie Young and Morse with 17 and 16 points, respectively.