Women's Basketball |
Dec. 1, 2007
UC Head Coach J. Kelley Hall Post-Game Interview
Junior Jill Stephens Post-Game Interview
CINCINNATI -- Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) matched a career-high 22 points and played 40 minutes to lead the University of Cincinnati (5-2) to a 61-55 win over Xavier University (4-3) in the 30th edition of the Women's Crosstown Shootout played at the Cintas Center on Saturday afternoon. Four Bearcats played the full 40 minutes with Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scoring 17 points and Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) chipping in 11 for UC. The Bearcats snapped XU's streak of three consecutive wins in the Crosstown Shootout and took home the Kendle Cup.
"This was a hard-fought basketball game. It was very physical on both ends of the court," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "It feels good to win this game from a coaching standpoint, but give the kids all the credit. They won the game tonight."
Cincinnati landed two three-pointers to start the game and went on a 9-1 run that gave UC a 14-3 lead with 11:52 to go in the half. Xavier pulled within five points before the Bearcats landed two treys and a jumper to regain an 11 point lead, 22-11. Xavier continued its physical play in the paint and tied the game at 22 with 3:11 remaining in the half. With 18 points in the paint to UC's two, the two teams went into the lockerrooms tied at 26.
All five of UC's starters played the entire first half with Stephens scoring 14 for the Bearcats. UC landed six three pointers in the half and was outrebounded 26-17.
Cincinnati went down by as many as six points in the second half, trailing, 38-32, with 14:30 left in the game. The Bearcats stuck to their game and came back, taking a 41-40 lead at the 9:48 mark and never looking back. Xavier pulled within two on two free throws by Amber Harris with 4:37 remaining, but solid defense and rebounding kept the Bearcats in the lead. Cincinnati won the battle of the boards in the second half, 23-17.
"I told the players at halftime that the team with the most rebounds in the second half would be the difference in the game. It was a real turning point for us," said Hall.
Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips each recorded double-doubles for the Musketeers with Harris scoring 16 and grabbing 13 rebounds and Phillips dropping in 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Maureen Hester added 11 points for Xavier.
The Bearcats will take finals week off and return to play on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Wright State will visit Fifth Third Arena in the first of three home games for UC. The game is at 7 p.m.