Bearcats Host Scarlet Knights on Saturday

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.