Women's Basketball |
Nov. 19, 2007
CINCINNATI -- Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the University of Cincinnati (2-1) to a 90-82 overtime victory over Duquesne (1-2) on Monday night at Fifth Third Arena. Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) recorded her first double-double of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as UC earned its first back-to-back win since Dec. 21, 2006 and won its first overtime game since Dec. 29, 2005.
Five Bearcats finished the game in double figure scoring with Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) and Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) adding 15 points each and Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) chipping in 14 points.
"Any time you have five players score in double figures it's a total team effort," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "I'm really pleased with the progress our team has made in a short amount of time."
Cincinnati led by as many as 11 in the first half before the Dukes rallied and pulled within one, 25-24, with 5:11 remaining in the first frame. UC went on a 6-1 run to end the half and led, 35-28, going into the locker room. Four minutes into the second half the Bearcats pushed ahead by eight, 43-35, after Roudebush and Stephens each landed a three pointer. Again, the Dukes fought back and took the lead, 50-48, with 12:59 remaining. UC went on a 15-5 run and led by eight with under eight to play. Two free throws by Stephens gave the Bearcats a 10 point lead, 76-66, with 2:27 left in the game, but back-to-back three pointers and a quick layup by Duquesne put the score at 76-74 with less than a minute to play. A three pointer by Keri Pryor for Duquesne tied the score at 77 and sent the game into overtime.
In the overtime, Graboski landed a three pointer and a jumper in the paint to give UC a five point cushion, but the Dukes clawed back and tied the game at 82 with 2:19 left. The Bearcats went ahead for the last time, 84-82, when Stephens landed two free throws with 1:56 remaining. Roudebush chipped in an acrobatic jumper and landed two free throws and Jacobs added two points at the charity stripe to give UC the 90-82 win.
"I'm very pleased with our team tonight," said Hall. "We have outrebounded all three of the teams we have beaten (including exhibition) and that is a huge statistic for us. In order for us to have a chance to win, we have to outrebound our opponents."
UC outrebounded the Dukes, 51-39, and connected on 12 three pointers as a team. Benson finished the game 9-for-9 from the free throw line, giving the freshman guard a perfect percentage so far this season (20-for-20 in two games).
Duquesne's Keri Pryor finished with a game-high 28 points and Kristi Little added 23 for the Dukes.
The Bearcats play Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Fifth Third Arena in a 7 p.m. matchup against McNeese State. The Cowgirls are the third straight opponent this season that UC has faced for the first time. Cincinnati women's basketball season tickets are available by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or logging on to CATSTIX.com.