Women's Basketball Earns 66-57 Win Over College of Charleston|
Nov. 25, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team used a late run to hold off the College of Charleston with a 66-57 win on Sunday inside Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati (3-1) led by as many as 13 and was up 36-23 at the half, but a scrappy College of Charleston (2-3) squad pulled within one, 48-47, on the strength of a 24-12 run over the first 9:30 of the second half.
The Bearcats closed the door with an 18-10 run over the final nine minutes to earn the nine-point win, giving UC three wins in its first four games. Lesha Dunn added eight of her career best 17 points during the final seven minutes of play. She also set career bests with nine rebounds and two blocks.
Dayeesha Hollins poured in a season and game high 23 points, her eighth career 20-point game. She was 7-of-15 from the floor and hit eight free throws while grabbing six rebounds and a pair of steals.
Chelsea Jamison came off the bench to score nine points and pull down a career best seven rebounds. She also had a career high with two assists.
Latisha Harris (13) and Alyssa Frye (11) led the scoring for the Cougars while Cathryn Hardy’s 11 rebounds were a game high.
UC’s defense continued its strong showing to start the season. In each of UC’s three wins, the Bearcats have held its opponent to under 36 percent from the field. College of Charleston was 24-of-46 (.353) from the field on the day.
The Bearcats held a 43-35 advantage on the glass and scored 18 second-chance points off of 14 offensive rebounds. UC also converted 16 CofC turnovers into 16 points.
UC was out to an early 18-7 lead with 12:00 to go. Tiffany Turner scored all seven of her points during the opening eight minutes of the stanza and the Bearcats took advantage of the Cougars’ cold shooting start from the field, with CofC hitting only three of its first 12 shots.
The Bearcats pushed the lead to as many as 13, 29-16, after a fast-break layup by Hollins with 5:15 left in the opening half. UC was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and got a triple from Jamison to hold the 13-point advantages, 36-23, heading into the locker room at the half.
UC continues a five-game homestand on Wednesday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. against Morehead State inside Fifth Third Arena.