Durley Leads Women's Basketball Past EKU 59-48|
Dec. 9, 2012
CINCINNATI – Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas/Andy Dekaney) had a career night for the Bearcats as the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team defeated Eastern Kentucky University 59-48 on Sunday afternoon in Fifth Third Arena. Durley finished with 15 points and four assists while playing 35 minutes, all career-highs for the freshman.
The Bearcats came out of the locker room energized in the second half, scoring five baskets on their first five possessions and forcing five EKU turnovers. Junior Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) had four points during the span. The 11-2 run was capped by Durley who made a three-point play after being fouled on a layup and adding the ensuing free throw.
Back-to-back jumpers by Durley extended the UC lead to 41-30, and the Bearcats never looked back. Two 3-point baskets by junior Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) put Cincinnati up 52-42 with 1:58 left in the game and UC nailed six free throws down the stretch to close out the game.
Cook finished with a season-high 11 points and Turner contributed 10 points for the Bearcats. Senior Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Canada/Trinity Valley Community College) pulled down 10 rebounds.
Cincinnati (6-2) shot 39.6% from the floor and a season-high 54.5% from beyond the arc. Its six three-point buckets were also a season best. Eastern Kentucky (5-5) hit 36.4% from the floor and a mere 18.8% from three-point range.
The first half opened slow for both teams with only six total points scored before the first media timeout. Cook drained a 3-point basket from the right side to give the Bearcats a 4-2 lead with 15:49 remaining in the half. UC received back-to-back layups from Turner to extend the lead to 8-4, but EKU responded to tie the score at 8-8.
Cincinnati regained the lead at 17-15 following a triple from Durley and expanded it to 22-17 after sophomore Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) hit a trey of her own. The Colonels fought back, however, and some cold shooting from the Bearcats opened the door for EKU. Cincinnati did not score a point over the last 3:57 of the half and Eastern Kentucky hit three consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer with three seconds left, to take a 24-23 lead into the break.
UC trailed at the half for only the second time this season. The trio of Turner, Dunn and Cook led the Bearcats with five points apiece in the opening half. Dunn grabbed six rebounds while Turner added four. Cincinnati shot 30.4% from the floor, but hit three 3-point shots, more than its last two games combined.
The Bearcats will hit the road on Sat., Dec. 15 and travel to Akron, Ohio to take on the Zips of the University of Akron. The game will be played at 2 p.m. from James A. Rhodes Arena.