Women's Basketball Drops 2OT Heartbreaker to Xavier|
Dec. 2, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team put up a valiant fight, but fell to Xavier University 69-67 in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena in the Skyline Chili Women’s Crosstown Classic. The Musketeers took home the Kendle Cup trophy for the fourth consecutive year and the 13th time in the 35-game series.
In the second overtime period, Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) scored on a driving layup and Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) drained the first 3-pointer of the game for the Bearcats, but it was not enough, as Xavier hit two free throws down the stretch to secure the 69-67 victory.
Hollins, who has scored in double-figures in each of the Bearcats’ six games this season, led all players with 25 points and collected a career-high 14 rebounds to account for her second-career double-double. The 25 points marked a season high for the junior and fell just two points shy of tying her career high. Junior Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) also recorded a double-double, the fourth of her career, with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. It marks the first time two Bearcats have recorded double-doubles in the same game since Nov. 21, 2007 when Jill Stephens and Tenishia Benson each accomplished the feat against McNeese State.
Overall, Cincinnati (4-2) out-rebounded Xavier (4-3) 59-42 and topped the Muskies in points in the paint, 38-26. The game was the third overtime game played between UC and XU, and the second to go into double-overtime. The Bearcats won the previous 2OT matchup 77-71 on Dec. 5, 1999.
After being down by as many as 11 points, Xavier clawed back into the game, hitting a layup with 51 seconds remaining to bring the score to 52-51 in favor of the Bearcats. Turner hit one free throw down the stretch and Xavier’s Ty O’Neill connected on two to tie the score at 53-53. On the final possession of regulation, The Bearcats turned it over to send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime period, XU’s Aliyah Zantt drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Musketeers a 62-60 lead with 27 seconds remaining, but UC’s Hollins drove the lane and sank a layup to tie the score at 62-62 with 14 seconds on the clock. Cincinnati’s defense held strong for the final 14 seconds and did not allow a Xavier bucket, sending the game into double overtime.
The Cincinnati defense showed its strength in the first half, sending the Muskies into two separate scoring droughts of at least five minutes. After XU jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, Cincinnati tightened up on the defensive end of the court, not allowing another Xavier point for seven minutes and 12 seconds. The Bearcats scored 12 consecutive points during the run, including a strong offensive rebound and put back from sophomore Chelsea Jamison (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple) to take a 13-7 lead and force Xavier coach Amy Waugh to call a timeout.
After a Xavier jumper closed the UC lead to 17-13 at the 5:52 mark, the Bearcats defense again shut out the Musketeers, this time going five minutes and 23 seconds without allowing a point. UC recorded two layups and three free throws during the span to take a 24-13 advantage. The two XU scoring droughts mark the second consecutive game where Cincinnati has held opponents scoreless for at least six minutes after keeping Morehead State from scoring for six minutes and 28 seconds on Nov. 28.
XU registered just one more basket in the half to give Cincinnati a 24-15 halftime lead. Xavier’s 15 points marked the fewest allowed by the Bearcats in the first half this season, and tied their season low for fewest points allowed in any half.
The Bearcats recorded 26 rebounds in the first half compared to just 17 by the Muskies. UC also outscored XU 16-6 on points in the paint and 7-0 in bench points.
The Bearcats will be back in action on Wed., Dec. 5 when they host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.