Toledo Ends UC's WNIT Run, 72-51|
March 19, 2012
TOLEDO, Ohio – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (16-16) saw its historic season come to a close with a 72-51 loss to defending Women’s NIT Champion Toledo (23-9) in the second round of the WNIT on Monday evening at Savage Arena.
The Bearcats concluded its most successful season in recent years after finishing with a 16-16 record, which is a seven-game improvement from last season and the most under head coach Jamelle Elliott. The 16 victories is the most wins since 2005-06 when the Bearcats went 17-12. The Bearcats finished with a .500 record for the first time since 2006-07 and recorded four conference road wins this season, which is its most since becoming a BIG EAST member.
To cap the season, UC advanced to postseason play for the first time since 2005-06 and won its first postseason game in 10 years when it defeated Duquesne, 68-63, in overtime on March 16. It was Elliott’s first career postseason victory.
Cincinnati was led against Toledo by all-BIG EAST Second Team member Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) with 17 points and Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) with 12. Hollins scored in double-figures in 26 of her 30 games and led the Bearcats in scoring on 13 occasions this season.
The Rockets went on a 10-0 run to start the game and never relinquished the lead. UT steadily pulled ahead to as much as 26 in the first half, while limiting UC to just 11 points in the first 20 minutes.
The Bearcats went on a 9-2 run to start the second half to make it 39-20, but Toledo’s Courtney Ingersoll stayed hot from behind the arc as she drained back-to-back threes to make it 48-24 with 14:04 on the clock. Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) answered with a 3-pointer one minute later, which sparked a 16-5 run for the Bearcats to come within 13 of the Rockets, 55-42, at the 6:42 mark. That was as close as UC could come though, as UT’s aggression and sharp shooting settled the final score.
After shooting just 15.4 percent (4-26) in the first half, the Bearcats shot 45.2 percent (14-31) in the second half. The Rockets outrebounded UC, 43-30, and was led by Ingersoll with a game-high 24 points. Yolanda Richardson and Andola Dortch contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively.