Chisholm Leads UC To 70-54 Victory Against Longwood|
Dec. 22, 2011
CINCINNATI – Senior Chanel Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt) set a career-high and registered her second-career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (7-5) defeated Longwood (2-11), 70-54, on Thursday, Dec. 22 at Fifth Third Arena. Chisholm finished the afternoon shooting 8-of-13 from the field, while matching her career-high in assists (5) and steals (4).
Chisholm joined three other Bearcats in double-figures, including Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) who scored 14. Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho Valley (Kan.)) pitched in 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) and Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) returned to the floor for the Bearcats after sitting out due to injuries. Randolph, a 2010-11 BIG EAST all-freshman selection, made her season debut after being sidelined for the first 11 games of the season, while Hollins missed the last two games after sustaining an injury against Louisville.
Hollins put the team’s first points on the board at 18:14 and UC never trailed in the game. Both teams struggled offensively in the first stanza, going scoreless for several minutes on multiple occasions, but Cincinnati went on a 15-5 run to end the half with its largest lead of the half, 33-20.
Cincinnati didn’t let up in the second half, increasing its lead to as much as 20, 61-41, on a Cook free throw with 4:48 remaining. The Lancers couldn’t come much closer as UC held on for the 70-54 victory.
UC shot 47 percent (24-51), its highest shooting percentage since it made 53 percent (27-51) of its shots against Evansville on Nov. 18. Longwood shot 37 percent (18-49) and was led by Crystal Smith with 14 points.
The Bearcats take a break for the holidays before resuming play at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.