Women's Basketball Freezes Penguins 57-46|
Dec. 5, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team matched up with Youngstown State University on Wednesday evening at Fifth Third Arena and came out with a 57-46 victory. It marked the fourth time this season that the Bearcats have held an opponent under 50 points.
With the team’s leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Michigan) out with an injury, several players stepped up to fill the void. Cincinnati was led by the double-double performances of senior Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Ontario/Trinity Valley Community College) and junior Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee). Dunn scored 13 points and added 12 rebounds while Turner had 15 and 12, respectively. It marked the second-consecutive game where two Bearcats finished with double-doubles, after previously going five years without the feat occurring. It was also the second straight double-double for Turner who becomes the first player to do so since Jill Stephens in 2008.
Also increasing her workload was freshman Alexis Durley, (Houston, Texas/Andy Drkaney) who made her first career start. She finished the game with a career-high 12 points and contributed 30 minutes on the floor for Cincinnati. Junior Kayla Cook tied a career-high with six assists while Dunn registered a career-high three blocks.
The Bearcats (5-2) shot 40.4% from the field and a season-high 82.6% from the charity stripe. They held the Penguins (6-2) to a mere 30.4% shooting and only allowed YSU to shoot four free throws. Cincinnati finished 0-11 from behind the arc, marking the first time since Jan. 14, 2007 in a 62-44 win over DePaul that it did not connect on a 3-point attempt.
Dunn scored the game’s first five points, helping the Bearcats take an early 9-3 lead. The Penguins used an arsenal of 3-point buckets to climb back into the game, tying the score at 17-17 after a trey by Karen Flagg at the 2:54 mark.
UC received back-to-back jumpers from Dunn and freshman Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) to regain a 21-17 lead, one they would not relinquish before the break. Turner’s layup with 30 seconds left on the clock gave Cincinnati a 23-19 lead heading into halftime.
The Bearcats’ defense stymied the Penguins in the first half, only allowing seven made baskets. YSU could not get anything going inside and were only able to score four points in the paint. Twice UC held its opponent scoreless for more than four minutes and the Bearcats recorded 15 defensive rebounds in the opening 20 minutes.
The second half began with some hot shooting by Youngstown State who scored six points before the first media timeout to tie the score at 25. A jumper by Brandi Brown gave the Penguins its first lead of the game at 27-26, and a triple by Brown added to the lead at 30-26.
The Bearcats clawed their way back into the game, finally re-claiming the lead at 36-34 with a pair of Turner free throws. Cincinnati pulled away with eight consecutive points and grabbed an 11-point advantage after a free thrown by Dunn brought the score to 55-44 with 26 seconds on the clock. Two made free throws down the stretch by Cook gave the Bearcats the 57-46 final tally.
Cincinnati will look to build on the victory on Sun., Dec. 9 when they host Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m. The game will be played at Fifth Third Arena.