Jan. 10, 2014
Saturday, Jan. 11 | 3 p.m. ET
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team returns home to face Rutgers in an American Athletic Conference competition.
THE SERIES: Saturday's match-up will be the first between the Bearcats and Cougars since the 2005 season. Cincinnati leads the overall series 9-4, but lost the last three meetings against Houston. UC won the first seven meetings in the series.
LAST TIME OUT:
- The Bearcats dropped a 78-58 contest to Rutgers Tuesday night in Cincinnati.
- Rutgers used a 9-0 lead over the span of 2:17 to take a 17-8 lead with 12:04 to play in the first half.
- Rutgers opened the second half on a 12-0 run as more than five minutes ticked off the clock before UC was able to get on the scoreboard. A Kayla Cook three with 14:38 halted the UC draught.
- Overall Rutgers scored 20 unanswered points to close out the first half and open the second half, spanning more than eight minutes and 36 seconds.
- The Bearcats were 16-of-16 from the free throw line in the contest. The Bearcats are the seventh team this season to shoot 100 percent from the free throw line with a minimum of 15 attempts.
- Cincinnati bounced back from shooting 25.9 percent in the first half to shoot 38.7 percent in the second half.
- Cincinnati was out-scored 44-22 on points in the paint.
- Senior Dayeesha Hollins was honored prior to the game for becoming the 25th member of the 1,000 point club. Hollins achieved the feat during the first half against Akron. Hollins
- Jeanise Randolph led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season with 16 points. She was just two rebounds shy of her sixth double-double of the season.
- Randolph was 8-of-8 from the free throw line, marking career-best totals in both makes and attempts. She is the third player this season to be perfect from the free throw line with at least eight attempts (Hollins, 9-of-9 / Durley, 14-of-14)
- Kayla Cook added double-digit points for the fifth time this season.
- Lovett recorded double-digit points seventh time this season with 11 points.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS:
- The Cougars enter the contest with a 4-11 overall record and an 0-4 conference record.
- Houston has dropped the last four contests, all conference games. The Cougars suffered losses to UCF (67-59), USF (77-54), Rutgers (68-47) and UConn (90-40).
- The Cougars are lead by interim head coach Wade Scott, who took over on Dec. 21 following the resignation of Todd Buchanan due to personal reasons.
- Houston is averaging 57.8 points per game while allowing 64.8 points.
- The Cougars rank fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds, averaging 15.5 per game.
- The Cougars feature a balanced scoring attack with six players averaging at least five points per game.
- Marche' Amerson is leading the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game while Te'onna Campbell is just behind at 9.8 points per game.
- Yasmeen Thompson and Demetria Foreman both pace 6.6 points and 6.1 points respectively.
- Thompson is leading the team in rebounding at 8.0 per game while Campbell is grabbing 7.2 boards.
- Te'onna Campbell leads the team in steals with two per game, ranking her fifth in the conference.
- The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 15.9 below their season scoring pace. Cincinnati held No. 1 UConn 19.3 points below their scoring average. No. 7 Louisville was limited to 25.6 points below their scoring pace.
- Cincinnati opened up conference play this season against four of the top preseason selections. UConn, Louisville were selected first and second, each receiving a first-place nod. Rutgers was picked fourth while SMU was fifth in the preseason rankings.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).