Defense Leads UC to 47-26 win over Xavier in Crosstown Classic|
Dec. 21, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team limited Xavier to just nine second-half points as the Bearcats earned a 47-26 victory in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic Saturday afternoon at the Cintas Center.
Cincinnati held Xavier to 11 field goals in the game including just four in the second half during a season-low scoring effort for the Musketeers. Xavier shot 21.6 percent (11-of-51) overall in the game while going 0-for-17 from the behind the arc.
Xavier’s 26 total points were 28 fewer than their previous game-low scoring effort this season (54) and also just four points over their lowest scoring half in any game this season (22).
Cincinnati was led offensively by Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) with 12 points, representing the only player in the game to reach double digits. Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) and Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) each added seven points.
Lovett also led the Bearcats in rebounding, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. She also set a career high in blocks with three and a season high in steals with three.
Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas/Andy Dekaney) and Jasmine Whitfield (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham) both contributed six points off the bench. Whitfield’s points came on a pair of makes from three-point range.
The Bearcats opened the game on a 9-2 run and never looked back. Hollins added a quick six points while Lovett connected on a three to account for UC’s early scoring. UC also put together a 10-2 first-half run that included back-to- back scores from Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh).
Cincinnati held the ball for the final 1:15 of the half to enter the break with a 25-17 lead.
The Bearcats defense didn’t let up in the second half as more than six minutes ticked off the clock before Xavier recorded their first point of the second half. The Musketeers didn’t convert on their first basket of the second half until the 10: 11 mark of the frame. UC took advantage of the opportunity, leading by as many as 23 points before settling for the 47-26 final score.
The 21-point margin of victory is the largest for UC over Xavier since an 83-58 win during the 1997 season.
The Bearcats (7-4) return to action Dec. 29 at No. 1 UConn. The game will be televised live on ESPN.