Women's Basketball |
Nov. 21, 2007
CINCINNATI -- Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) pulled down a game and career- high 22 rebounds and scored 14 points and four other Bearcats scored in double figures to lead the University of Cincinnati (3-1) to an 83-44 victory over McNeese State at Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday night. Stephens tied a Fifth Third Arena record with 14 offensive rebounds and tied fourth place in school history with her 22 total rebounds in the game.
Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) was the game-high scorer with 19 points, landing a career-high five three pointers, while Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) added a double-double for UC, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Benson extended her perfect streak at the free throw line to 22, connecting on 2-of-2 for the game. She surpassed Valerie King's streak of 21 consecutive free throws, set during the 2002-03 season.
Cincinnati tied the school record for three pointers in a game, hitting 13. Center Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) connected on two three's and finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds. Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) added 11 points for UC, three from downtown.
"We didn't shoot well in the first half but we came back and shot great in the second half," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "We pride ourselves in our defense and our rebounding. With 60 rebounds for the game, we just crushed them on the boards tonight."
The Bearcats outrebounded McNeese State, 60-34, the third-highest rebounding performance by a UC team in school history. Cincinnati was 10-for-10 from the free throw line, tying a school record in free throw percentage.
With the game tied at five in the first half, Cincinnati went on a 12-0 run to lead, 17-5 at the 11:10 mark of the first half. A three pointer by Graboski with 6:53 left in the half put UC up, 27-12, before the Cowgirls made a layup and landed two three pointers to bring the game within 10. Benson hit her 22nd and 23rd consecutive free throws to put the Bearcats up 33-21 and a layup by Stephens gave UC a 35-21 advantage at the half.
UC attempted 30 three pointers in the first half alone, and scored 20 second chance points and did not give up any second chance points to McNeese State. Stephens grabbed 13 rebounds in the first stanza, nine of which were offensive. UC shot only 26.7% in the first half and improved its field goal percentage in the second half to 46.2%. The Bearcats never trailed in the second half and finished the game with a school record 51 three point attempts.
McNeese State's Ne'Aisha Anderson finished with a team-high 15 points and Kiara Johnson added 11 for the Cowgirls.
The Bearcats will take Thanksgiving off and return to play on Monday, Nov. 26 at Fifth Third Arena in a 4 p.m. matchup against Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose will be the fourth 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.