Women's Basketball |
Nov. 25, 2011
CANCUN, Mexico - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team (4-0) allowed the fewest points since the 1975-76 season when it defeated South Dakota State (3-2), 55-22, on Thanksgiving evening at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. SDSU's 22 points were the fifth lowest ever allowed by UC since the women's basketball program began in 1971. Most recently, it held Wilmington (OH) to 18 points on Feb. 14, 1976.
Senior Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho County (Kan.)) led the Bearcats in scoring for the third-consecutive game with 19 points, while Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) pitched in 11 points to go along with six assists and has now scored in double-figures in every game this season. Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) dominated on defense, as she had a game-high 12 boards.
Reaves teamed up and Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) for 22 of the team's 26 first half points. The Bearcats never trailed and allowed just four points in the first 20 minutes, holding the Jackrabbits to 11.1 percent shooting (2-18), to go into the break with a 26-4 lead.
Cincinnati showed no signs of slowing down in the second half, holding at least a 22-point lead and increasing the margin to as much as 36 with a final jumper by Talequia Hamilton (Huntington, W. Va./Hungtinton) to make the final score 55-22.
SDSU, who is coming off a 2011 NCAA Tournament run, finished with its worse shooting percentage of the season, making just 21.7 percent (2-18) of its field goals and 8.3 percent of its 3-pointers (1-12). The Jackrabbits were led by Jennie Sunnarborg with six points, but the Bearcats silenced Jill Young, SDSU's leading scorer, who came into the game averaging 13.8 ppg.
UC will attempt to make it 5-0 when it faces Chattanooga in its final contest in the Cancun Challenge on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on GoBEARCATS.com.