Cincinnati Earns First Win Of 2007-08, 96-69, Over Valparaiso

Nov. 16, 2007

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CINCINNATI -- Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team to their first victory of the 2007-08 season, a 96-69 win over Valparaiso on Friday night at Fifth Third Arena.

Benson, a freshman, recorded her first start in a Cincinnati uniform and was outstanding, shooting 11-for-11 from the free throw line and landing 2-of-3 from the three point line. Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) finished the game with a double-double, scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Roudebush shot 50% from downtown, landing four treys for the game.

"Obviously, I am very pleased with the way our team played tonight," said first-year head coach J. Kelley Hall, who earned his first win at UC. "We shot the ball extremely well for 40 minutes. For us to win we have to shoot well, defend and rebound the ball. We have made progress over the last two weeks. I'm very, very pleased tonight."

UC (1-1) outrebounded Valparaiso (0-3) 45-20, and shot 47.4% from the three point line. Four Bearcats finished in double figure scoring, with Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) adding 18 points and nine rebounds and Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) chipping in 15 points and dishing out seven assists.

"Valparaiso is a better team than they played tonight, but give our kids credit," said Hall. "Tenishia had a monster game and four of our five starters scored in double figures. We shot the ball like I thought we could tonight."

Cincinnati's 96 points is the most scored since the 2003-04 season (105-60 win over Charleston Southern). The Crusaders have not allowed an opponent to score more than 96 points since 1997 (102-85 loss to Youngstown State).

The Bearcats took a 10-8 lead at the 14:47 mark of the first half and never looked back. UC scored on 10 straight possessions and led, 23-12, with 11:21 remaining in the half. Benson and Roudebush combined for 25 points in the first stanza, giving UC a 45-35 advantage at the break. In the second half, UC shot 50% (4-of-8) from the three point line, was a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe, and shot 57.6% from the floor.

Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and scored six points for the game. Valparaiso's Rashida Ray and Launa Hochstetler were the leading scorers for the Crusaders with 12 points each.

The Bearcats play Monday, Nov. 19 at Fifth Third Arena in a 7 p.m. matchup against Duquesne. Cincinnati women's basketball season tickets are available by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or logging on to