Jan. 6, 2014
Tuesday, Jan. 7 | 7 p.m.
Despite the closing of the University of Cincinnati on Tuesday, January 7, the women's basketball game between the Bearcats and the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers will take place at 7 p.m. inside Fifth Third Arena as scheduled. University officials have announced free admission to the game and free hot chocolate and coffee will be available courtesy of head coach Jamelle Elliott.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team returns home to face Rutgers in an American Athletic Conference competition.
THE SERIES: Tuesday's match-up with Rutgers will mark the 11th all-time meeting between the two schools. Cincinnati picked up its first win against the Scarlet Knights last season with a 56-48 win in Cincinnati.
LAST TIME OUT:
- The Bearcats were plagued by a season-high 27 turnovers and allowed a season-high 19 steals to the Cardinals during a 64-45 loss to No. 7 Louisville.
- The Cardinals capitalized on the miscues, turning them into 23 points.
- The Cincinnati defense caused problems for a top-10 team for the second time this season. Louisville's 64 points matched their season-low scoring effort, a 69-64 loss to then No. 7 Kentucky on Dec. 1. UC previously held No. 1 UConn to their season-low scoring total of 67 points.
- Overall Cincinnati limited the Cardinals to their lowest shooting effort of the season, finishing the game at 32.8 percent (20-of-61).
- The Bearcats shot just higher than Louisville at 35.6 percent (16-of-45).
- Louisville held a 26-14 edge in points in the paint and outrebounded the Bearcats 46-34, including 20 offensive rebounds.
- Kayla Cook led UC in scoring with 14 points. The senior guard was 5-of-11 from the floor including 3-of-8 from the beyond the arc.
- Jasmine Whitfield added double-digit points for the second straight game after going 5-of-6 from the free throw line. The sophomore guard also grabbed five rebounds dished out one assist and recorded one steal.
- Jeanise Randolph played a large part in UC's defensive effort, recording six blocks and 14 rebounds.
- The six swatted shots mark a new career-high mark for the senior and move her into sixth on Cincinnati's all-time blocks list with 63. She is just five shy of tying Anne Stephens (2003-06) for fifth place.
- The senior forwarded also added three steals, and one assist to her stat line.
- The Cardinals finished the half on an 11-3 run to hold a 29-20 lead at the half.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS:
- Rutgers enters the contest at 11-2 overall after defeating Houston, 68-47, in its second conference matchup. Two Scarlet Knights scored in double figures, as Kahleah Copper scored 25 points and Betnijah Laney notched 17 points and 15 rebounds.
- Rutgers opened conference play with a pair of wins over USF and Houston.
- The Scarlet Knights have won seven straight since dropping a 69-65 loss to then #15/17 LSU.
- Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper leads RU in scoring and field goal percentage. She is sixth in the American with 16.4 points per game and second in field goal percentage (58.7 percent).
- Junior Betnijah Laney has notched six straight double-doubles, averaging 13.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game this season. Her rebound average is tied for tops in the American.
- Sophomore Rachel Hollivay enters the matchup tied for eighth nationally in blocks per game (3.4). That figure leads the American.
- Junior Syessence Davis has recorded at least three steals in nine straight contests and now leads the conference with 3.2 steals per game.
- Rutgers is slated to join the BIG 10 conference next season.
- The Bearcats avenged three straight losses this season having defeated Ohio State, Akron and Xavier in consecutive games. The Bearcats pulled off a 105-point swing in scoring from last year to this. Last season in the three games combined UC was outscored 223-170 while this season they outscored the three opponents 197-145.
- Cincinnati went 5-0 against the state of Ohio during non-conference play. The Bearcats picked up wins over Kent State, Akron, Youngstown State, Xavier and Ohio State.
- Senior Dayeesha Hollins scored the 1,000th point of her UC career during the first half of the game against Akron. She accomplished the feat in two seasons and 10 games after playing her freshman season at Michigan. She is now the 25th member of the 1,000-point club.
- UC set a new scoring record under head coach Jamelle Elliott after totaling 86 points during the win over Akron. The mark eclipsed the previous best of 85 against Furman during Elliott's first game at UC.
- Bianca Quisenberry was named American Rookie of the week on Dec. 9, 2013 after nearly recording a triple-double against Youngstown State. The true freshman had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists against the Penguins. It was the first freshman award for UC since Kayla Cook garnered the honor on March 1, 2009.
- Sophomore Alexis Durley set a new school record for free-throw percentage, going 14-of-14 against Kent State on November 17, 2013. The previous best performances was 12-of-12 by Cheryl Cook on Nov. 22, 1983. She also had a career high 18 points in the game. Durley eventually converted 21-straight free throws over five games. The sophomore is ranked second in the conference from the free throw line (81.1).
- Cincinnati is currently ranked second in the American Athletic Conference and 78th nationally in free throw percentage at 72.6 percent. Six times this season UC has scored more than 17 points from the free throw line and five times shot better than 80 percent.
- Senior Jeanise Randolph earned the first weekly conference award for the Bearcats since the 2007-08 season when she was named American Player of the Week on Dec. 16, 2013. The senior recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds during a 64-49 win over Ohio State. Randolph was also named to the honor roll once this season (Dec. 9, 2013).
- The Bearcats first-half offensive against Morehead State set season highs in both points scored (47) and field goal percentage (56.0%). The 47 points scored in the first half, tie the most for UC under Elliott since her debut game as the head coach when UC scored 47 in the opening half against Furman.