Hollins Career-Best 29 Not Enought to Lead UC Past Marquette|
March 5, 2013
CINCINNATI – Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) poured in a career-best 29 points, but the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome hot-shooting Marquette University in the regular-season finale Monday night.
Hollins finished with 29 in the game after totaling 17 in the first half for Cincinnati (12-17, 4-12). The junior guard was 11-of-21 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. She dished out four assists and had one steal. Monday’s contest marked the fourth-straight game Hollins has recorded at least 17 points.
The scoring wasn’t enough to match Marquette’s (15-14, 7-9) offense as the Golden Eagles shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the floor, including a 38 percent (6-of-16) clip from three-point range. Three players reached double digits including Katherine Plouffe’s team-high 20 points. She was 9-of-17 from the field, with all 20 of her points coming in the second half.
Arlesia Morse added 17 points after going 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Senior Sarina Simmons finished off the double-digit scorers with 14 points.
Marquette finished with slight edges in both rebounding (34-30) and points in the paint (30-24) while dishing out 18 assists compared to nine for Cincinnati. UC recorded 15 fastbreak points while Marquette netted nine.
The Golden Eagles opened up a lead early thanks to a 13-6 run over the first seven minutes of the contest. Marquette eventually stretched the lead to 13 points (25-12) with 7:21 to play in the half.
Following a timeout, Hollins sparked a 9-0 Cincinnati run that cut the lead to four points. She accounted for seven of the nine points, while assisting on a Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) layup during the spurt. Marquette stretched the lead back to eight (33-25) before the half thanks to a jumper from Katie Young as time expired.
After Marquette’s leading scorer was kept off the board in the first half, Plouffe wasted little time in making up for it in the second half. The junior forward scored four of the first five Golden Eagle baskets to open the stanza. Overall in the second half, Plouffe netted nine of Marquette’s 16 scores.
Plouffe’s early output coupled with a three from Simmons allowed Marquette to outscore UC 9-4 during the first 4:35 of the half, extending the lead to 44-31 with 13:57 to play.
Hollins again tried to spark a Bearcats rally, scoring the game’s next two baskets. However, the Golden Eagles used an 11-0 run to push the lead to 21 points (59-38) with 7:43 left in the game. UC never cut the lead to single digits from there as Marquette evened up the season series with a 72-58 victory.
With Monday’s contest marking the end of the regular season, UC will now move into the BIG EAST Tournament. The Bearcats enter as the 13th seed and will face 12th seeded Seton Hall in the opening game of the tournament on Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m.