Women's Basketball |
Nov. 26, 2007
CINCINNATI -- Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) recorded her third straight double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the University of Cincinnati (4-1) to an 80-47 victory over Presbyterian College (0-6) at Fifth Third Arena on Monday night. Stephens, who played the entire game for UC, was one of four Bearcats to score in double figures, as Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) was the game-high scorer with 20 points.
Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) hit her first two three point attempts and UC jumped out to a 16-0 lead to give the Bearcats a comfortable cushion for the entire game. The Bearcats led by as many as 20 points before the Blue Hose chipped away at the score in the final minutes of the first half, pulling with13 at the buzzer, 33-20. Roudebush led all scorers in the first stanza with 10 points on 2-of-4 shooting from downtown.
"I thought it was important for us to come out focused and really jump on them in a hurry," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "We shot the ball better in the second half, but once again, I'm proud of our defensive effort."
Cincinnati held its second straight opponent to less than 50 points in the game, the first time since the 2004-05 season that UC has done so (Dec. 18, 2004 vs. Loyola Marymount, 73-41 and Dec. 21, 2004 vs. Middle Tennessee State, 55-45). UC also outrebounded the Blue Hose, 54-30.
"We controlled the boards and anytime we do that, we give ourselves a chance to control the tempo of the game," said Hall. "I thought we did outstanding in that phase of the game tonight."
Kristi Brogan (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard) scored a career-high 15 points and landed three treys in the game. Brogan scored 10 of her 15 points in the second half and pulled down a career-high four rebounds. Natasha Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) finished with a career-high 11 rebounds and handed out four assists while Jacobs completed the game with 13 points. Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) continued her perfect streak at the free throw line, going 1-for-1 and increasing her active streak to 23 made free throws. Benson scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds for the game.
Amy Jones scored 13 points and Katlin Moore finished the game with 12 points for Presbyterian College.
Cincinnati will play its first road game of the 2007-08 season when it travels to Dayton, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 29. The matchup against the Dayton Flyers is the 45th in school history and tips off at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton Arena.