Bearcats Stymie Kent State During 59-41 Win|
Nov. 19, 2012
KENT, Ohio – The Cincinnati women’s basketball team limited Kent State to just 15 second-half points as the Bearcats earned a 59-41 win over the Golden Flashes Monday evening on the road.
Four different Bearcats reached double-digits in scoring during the game, including a career-best 12 points from Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Ontario/Trinity Valley Community College) during her first career start. The senior was 6-for-9 from the floor with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Her 35 minutes played nearly triple her previous career-high.
For the third-consecutive game Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) lead the Bearcats in scoring with 15 points. The junior’s third double-digit scoring effort this season was aided by eight free throws. She also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and Chelsea Jamison (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple) rounded out Cincinnati’s double-digit scorers. The duo made the most of their minutes, netting 10 points each in 20 and 21 minutes respectively. Turner was 5-for-6 from the floor with four rebounds, one block and one steal. Jamison also pulled down five rebounds.
Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) matched her career –best total in rebounding Monday against the Golden Flashes, pulling down eight boards. She added six points and three steals.
Cincinnati opened the contest with a 7-0 run, a lead that the Bearcats never relinquished. Dunn added the game’s first four points before a three from Cook pushed the lead to seven. Cincinnati led by as many as 10 (24-14) during the first half, but saw Kent State cut the lead to three before the break.
The Bearcats appeared to have a buzzer-beater three from Hollins as time expired at the half, but the shot was waived off by the officials, leaving Cincinnati with a 29-26 lead.
The Bearcats wasted no time in pushing the lead back to double-digits during the opening minutes of the second half. A 9-0 run that included two scores from Dunn and a three from Alyeesha Lovett (Newark, N.J/Malcolm X Shabazz) gave the Bearcats a 12-point lead. Kent State managed to cut the lead to five, but the Bearcats answered with a 19-6 scoring advantage during the final eight minutes of the contest to earn the 59-41 win.
Kent State shot just 28.6 percent from the floor, and was limited to only five field goals in the second half. Cincinnati shot 41.7 percent from the floor. The Bearcats held a 39-31 edge in rebounding and scored 17 points off 17 Kent State Turnovers.
Kent State was led by Diamon Beford’s 10 points. The forward was the only player to reach double-digits after going 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Cincinnati returns to Fifth Third Arena Sunday, November 25 for a non-conference meeting with the College of Charleston. The contest marks the first of five-straight home games for the Bearcats. Sunday’s tip-off is set for 2 p.m.