Bearcats Wrap Up Bruins 68-54|
Dec. 21, 2012
CINCINNATI - Junior Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) scored 19 including her 1,000th career point as the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team beat Belmont University 68-54 Friday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena. Hollins led all scorers and also contributed two assists in the game.
Freshman Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas/Andy Dekaney) connected on four consecutive free throws and Hollins hit two in the final 19 seconds to secure the win for Cincinnati.The Bearcats muscled their way to a large lead and weathered a second-half Belmont comeback to walk away with the victory. After opening a 21-point lead with 17:52 left in the game, the Bearcats allowed the Bruins to claw back into the game. A Belmont layup at the 8:25 mark pulled BU to within 52-45, but the Bearcats responded with tough defense and hot shooting. Sophomore Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) nailed a 3-poing bucket on UC's ensuing possession and did not allow another Bruin point for four minutes and 51 seconds.
UC (7-3) finished the game shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, a season-high performance while also tallying a season-high 68 points. The Bearcats held the Bruins (5-7) to 34.5 percent shooting. Cincinnati tied a season high with 22 made free throws off of a season-high 30 attempts.
Junior Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Ontario/Trinity Valley Community College) added 16 points to the Bearcats effort, one shy of her career high and. She also finished with a career-high four assists. Durley had 11 points while sophomore Chelsea Jamison (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple) tied a career-high mark, scoring 10 points. The game marked the second time this season four Bearcats have reached double-figure scoring.
The Bearcats scored five of their first seven points of the game from the charity stripe, capitalizing on three Bruin fouls before the first media timeout to tie the game at 7-7.
UC took the lead to 21-11 with 7:47 remaining in the first half following a layup by Dunn. The senior was fouled on the bucket and sank the subsequent free throw to give her team the eight-point lead. Dunn's basket was part of a 17-3 run for the Bearcats that included five made free throws and 3-point baskets by Hollins and junior Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster). Four different UC players scored during the run that spanned 3:02 to give UC a 29-14 lead with 5:54 left on the clock.
Cincinnati pushed the lead to 36-21 at halftime, and entered the locker room shooting 45.8 percent while holding Belmont to just 28.6 percent shooting from the floor. Hollins led all scorers with 10 first-half points. Dating back to the 2011-12 season, it marks her 21st straight game with double digits.
Up next, the Bearcats will hit the road to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational Dec. 28-30. Cincinnati will face off against Alabama at 10:30 p.m. ET on Fri., Dec. 28 and also will play Hawaii and Long Island during the invitational.