Women's Basketball Hosts Villanova Sunday in BIG EAST Opener|
Jan. 5, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati opens up BIG EAST play Sunday against Villanova in the Ring of Red game. The contest at Fifth Third Arena is set for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
Fans are encouraged to wear red to Sunday’s Ring of Red game. The first 500 fans will receive a free red shirt and a 2013 Bearcat Sports Calendar. There will also be a postgame autograph session Sunday with all UC players and coaches.
THE SERIES: Villanova leads the all-time series 5-2 but only one of those wins has come in Cincinnati. The Bearcats hold a 2-1 record in games played in the Queen City with the Wildcats only win coming back on Feb. 20, 2010. The two squads have played every year since 2006.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats enter the contest following a 1-2 record at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational. UC suffered losses to Alabama and Hawaii before bouncing back with a win over LIU-Brooklyn.
Dayeesha Hollins was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds during the three-day event. Alyesha Lovett (11.3) and Tiffany Turner (10.7) also averaged double-digits during the tournament.
Turner shot 73.7 percent from the floor after going 14-of-19 in three games. Lovett reached double digits in all three games after entering the weekend doing so just once prior.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Villanova enters the contest with a 10-2 record and appears among others receiving votes in the last AP Top 25.
Villanova ranks first nationally in turnovers per game, coughing it up just 11.2 times per contest. Their assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.43 ranks third in the country. Villanova relies on long-range points, averaging eight three-pointers per game. The Wildcats shoot 33.0 percent from behind the arc.
Laura Sweeney leads the team in both points (12.1) and rebounds (5.5) per contest. Rachel Roberts is Villanova’s second-leading scorer at 10.3 ppg.