UC Knocks Off Duquesne In Overtime, Advances In WNIT|
March 16, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (16-15) won its first postseason game in 10 years when it defeated Duquesne (20-12), 68-63, in overtime of the first round of the Women’s NIT on Friday evening at Fifth Third Arena. It marks the first postseason win under head coach Jamelle Elliott and its first since 2001-02 when it defeated St. Peter’s, 76-63, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Three Bearcats scored in double-figures, including sophomore guard Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) who scored a game-high 23 points. Senior guard Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) and sophomore forward Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) pitched in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
After leading the majority of the way, the Dukes took its first lead since the opening minutes with 3:39 remaining in regulation. UC held a four-point lead, 52-48, with just over a minute remaining, but Duquesne’s Alex Gensler banked a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to tie it and send it to overtime. DU scored the first five points in overtime, but that was the last time it led as UC regained the lead and sailed to victory.
The Dukes held an early 7-3 lead to start the game before UC went on a 10-0 run to make it 13-7 with 12:09 remaining. A Cook 3-pointer tied Cincinnati’s largest lead, 18-12, but Duquesne scored the next five to narrow the deficit, 18-17, with 6:31 left in the half. The Dukes only made two buckets for the remainder of the half as the Bearcats took the 27-21 lead heading into the break.
Randolph put up the first points of the half to give UC its largest lead, 29-21, but the Dukes closed in on UC and came within two three times in the next 10 minutes. Cincinnati maintained the lead the rest of the way until back-to-back jumpers by Wumi Agunbiade put the Dukes up for the first time since the opening minutes, 46-45, with 3:39 remaining.
Cincinnati shot 45.7 percent (21-46), while Duquesne made 36.2 percent (25-69) of its shots. The Bearcats were outrebounded, 41-33, and held the lead in points off turnovers, 28-15.
The Bearcats travel to Toledo for a second-round WNIT matchup on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.