Women's Basketball |
Dec. 17, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio – Senior guard Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho County (Kan.)) matched her career high with 25 points when the the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball was defeated by Miami (OH), 74-69, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Millett Hall. Reaves finished with a career-best nine assists and tied her career highs in 3-point field goals (5) and field goals (8) made.
Three other starters for UC scored in double figures, including Chanel Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt) with 16 points, Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) with 11 and Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee), who was one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
After a quick pair of Cincinnati fouls, freshman Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz), who earned her first career start for an injured Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan), got UC on the board with a 3-pointer at 18:49. Miami doubled UC’s points, 6-3, at the 16:43 mark, but let its lead slip away. The Bearcats held the RedHawks scoreless for five minutes and, in the meantime, built it to an 11-point game, 23-12, on a Reaves 3-ball with 7:10 remaining. Miami came within six, 27-21, with 2:25 left, but headed into the locker room down, 32-25.
The RedHawks went on a 15-5 run to start the second half to take the 40-37 lead with 13:11 remaining. After a quiet first half, leading scorer Courtney Osborn had 21 second-half points – including a 3-pointer at the 11:52 mark – to get Miami (OH) back into the game. UC relied on its perimeter shooting, as Cook and Reaves converted on back-to-back threes to pull the Bearcats within one, 49-48, with 9:35 left.
Cincinnati knotted it up two times in the next three minutes before Osborn committed a flagrant foul after she elbowed Cook, and Reaves iced two from the line to make it 62-62 with 4:33 left. Reaves made a fast break layup seconds later to give UC its first lead since the 14:59 mark, but the RedHawks continued to drain all its free throws to pull off the 74-69 victory.
The Bearcats shot 36 percent (23-63) from the field and a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. It made 10-of-27 of its 3-point shots, while Miami only converted 2-of-12.
The RedHawks were led by Osborn and Kristen Olowinski, who had 23 points and 19 points, respectively.
UC returns home to face Indianapolis on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio. UC Athletics will be collecting toy donations for Toys for Tots on the East concourse. Fans that bring an unwrapped toy ($10 value) are admitted into the game for only $1. Fans are also encouraged to dress in their favorite ugly sweater for a chance to win a prize. It is dollar night at the concessions stand as all hot dogs, popcorn, small soda, peanuts and bottled waters are $1.