Cincinnati Wins Seventh Straight At Fifth Third Arena|
Dec. 17, 2007
CINCINNATI -- Three Cincinnati players recorded double-doubles and Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) scored a career-high 20 points to lead the University of Cincinnati (8-2) to an 82-69 win over visiting Central Michigan (3-7) on Monday night at Fifth Third Arena.
Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) scored 19 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds while Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) scored 19 points and matched a career-high with 10 rebounds and Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bearcats. UC, which outrebounded Central Michigan 49-30, has now won seven consecutive games at Fifth Third Arena.
Central Michigan opened the game with a full court press and kept the game close until Stephens hit a three pointer at the 14:44 mark that sparked a 22-6 run and gave the Bearcats a 27-14 lead with 8:29 to play in the first half. Roudebush scored 10 straight points to give UC a 35-15 lead with 2:11 left in the first stanza and UC took a 41-18 lead into the locker room. Roudebush finished the first half with 13 points while Stephens scored 12 and Jacobs added 10 points. UC held Central Michigan to 18 points in the first half, a season-low for a Bearcat opponent.
The Chippewas opened the second half with a 17-8 run to pull within 14, 49-35, with 13:24 to play. UC went on a 14-5 run to take a 67-45 lead with 6:01 remaining but the Bearcats struggled to contain the Chippewas. After only allowing Central Michigan 18 points in the first half, the Chippewas poured in 51 second half points, the most UC has given up since Xavier scored 55 in the second half on Jan. 17, 2007. UC's first half lead was enough of a cushion to maintain the victory, 82-69.
"We jumped out to a big lead in the first half and lost our intensity in the second half," said head coach J. Kelley Hall. "We'll take a win anytime, but it's time for some of our kids to grow up. Thankfully we hit some big shots to keep the game out of reach."
Central Michigan was led by Stacey Verhoff who landed seven three pointers and scored 25 second half points. She finished the game with 27 points.
Cincinnati plays its final home non-conference game on Thursday, Dec. 20 when the Bearcats take on Indiana at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.