Bearcats Surge Past Colonels, 62-49|
Dec. 18, 2009
CINCINNATI - Shareese Ulis (Toledo, Ohio/Trinity Valley C.C.) led four players in double figures with 13 points and the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team defeated Eastern Kentucky, 62-49, on Friday (Dec. 18) night in Fifth Third Arena.
The Bearcats (5-5) snapped a three-game losing skid, winning for the first time since Nov. 29 against Dartmouth.
Carla Jacobs (Cleveland, Ohio/Regina) scored 12 points and Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and Shanasa Sanders (Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault Senior) tallied 11 apiece for the victors.
Rouedebush scored in double figures for the first time in five games. She hadn't had a scoring slump of that length since her true freshman campaign of 2005-06. She hit her first shot of the day - a three-pointer - and finished with six rebounds, a pair of assists and two steals.
Sanders, mired in a shooting slump of her own, hit on 3-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from three-point range after entering the game shooting .184 (7-of-38) for the season.
UC led throughout nearly the entire game, save for a few one-possession leads for the Colonels (5-5) in the first half. The Bearcats took its largest lead of the first half into the locker room at 26-21.
A focused group came out of the half and pushed the lead to 19 at the 11:02 mark with a 19-5 run. Seven straight points by EKU cut the deficit to 12, 45-33, with 8:22 to play, but UC answered with back-to-back threes by Sanders and Val Schuster (Wausau, Wis./Wausau Newman Central) to extend the lead to 20 - the largest of the game.
Clutch free throw shooting by Sanders and Jacobs down the stretch never allowed the lead to dip under 13 the rest of the way.
After turning the ball over 69 times in the last three games, Cincinnati committed just 13 turnovers, while causing 22 - scoring 20 points off the EKU miscues.
The UC defense held its fourth opponent under 50 points and held its sixth opponent under 40 percent from the floor.
Daress McClung (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) recorded a career-high five steals to go along with five points, four rebounds, and a pair of assists.
The Bearcats are next in action when they welcome Valparaiso to Fifth Third Arena for a 7 p.m. tip on Monday, Dec. 21.