Women's Basketball |
Jan. 14, 2011
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The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will look to bounce back from a loss at No. 6/7 West Virginia on Jan. 8 when it welcomes Rutgers to Fifth Third Arena on Saturday, Jan. 15, for a 2 p.m. BIG EAST battle. The Bearcats are looking for their first win against the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers leads the all-time series, 6-0. RU won twice last season, defeating the Bearcats, 44-33, in Piscataway on Jan. 16 and knocking UC out of the 2010 BIG EAST Championship with a 70-44 win in Hartford, Conn., on March 6.
Jamelle Elliott enters her second season as a head coach, taking over the Cincinnati program after 12 years as an assistant coach at Connecticut, her alma mater. She was a six-time national champion with the Huskies, including helping UConn to its first championship as a student-athlete in 1995. One of the most accomplished players in the distinguished history of the Connecticut program, Elliott finished her career ranked No. 2 among UConn’s all-time rebounding leaders (1,054), No. 5 in BIG EAST career rebounding (558), and No. 11 in UConn career scoring (1,387).
UC is shooting 77 percent (82-of-107) from the free throw line over the last seven games.
Cincinnati went 1-1 at the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic, topping Hofstra after falling to No. 23/rv Texas.
The Bearcats start two freshmen, a first-year Division I transfer, a sixth-year senior, and a second-year junior college transfer.
Head coach Jamelle Elliott, the only BIG EAST head women’s basketball coach to also play in the league, enters her second season on the Bearcats bench.
Elliott spent 12 seasons as an assistant at Connecticut following a four-year playing career for the Huskies, where she won a combined six national championships as a player and coach.
Cincinnati started the season 5-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season before falling at Dayton on Dec. 2.
Senior guard Shareese Ulis is UC’s leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game. She has scored in double figures in all but two games this season (scoring nine each time).
Former BIG EAST all-Rookie Team member Shelly Bellman, who missed the 2009-10 season due to injury, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
UC welcomes six newcomers, inlcuding ESPN Top 100 recruit Kayla Cook and Michigan transfer Dayeesha Hollins. Hollins will sit out the 2010-11 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines.
Vanderbilt transfer Chanel Chisholm is eligible this season after she sat out the 2009-10 season due to transfer guidelines.