Bearcats Travel to No. 13/15 Louisville for Friday Night Showdown

Jan. 17, 2013

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team continues BIG EAST play with a Friday night meeting with the University of Louisville Cardinals. Both squads enter the contest coming off losses with the Bearcats falling at USF by a 61-45 score and Louisville dropping a 72-58 contest to No. 3 UConn.

The Last Meeting
December 14, 2011
Fifth Third Arena
Bearcats Come Up Short Against No. 13 Louisville, 64-59
The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team (6-3, 0-1) held the lead for the majority of the game, but came up short when it lost its BIG EAST opener to No. 13/14 Louisville (9-2, 1-0), 64-59, on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

THE SERIES: Cincinnati’s longest standing rivalry will continue Friday night against the Cardinals of Louisville. The two squads will face off for the 66th time, with Louisville leading the overall series 38-27. The Bearcats are 8-21 in games played at Louisville with UC’s last win coming on Feb. 2, 2010 by a 74-68 score.

LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats fell by a final score of 77-44 at USF Tuesday evening. The Bulls were propelled by runs that closed the first half and opened the second half en route to the win. USF posted a scoring advantage of 12-0 in the final three minutes of the first half before exploding for a 21-6 scoring edge to open the second stanza.

Jeanise Randolph returned to the lineup after missing nine games, leading the Bearcats in scoring with 12 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Dayeesha Hollins and Alyeesha Lovett each set career-best marks in steals with five and four respectively. The team total of 13 tied a season-best total.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Louisville enters the contest with a 14-4 overall record and a 2-2 mark in BIG EAST play. Louisville enters the contest ranked 13th in the latest AP poll and 15th in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll.

Louisville shoots 47.1 percent from the field, the seventh-best mark nationally. The starting lineup that consists of two sophomores and three junior features three double-digit scorers.  Shoni Schimmel leads the squad at 12.7 points while  Monique Reid  and Sara Hammond  add 11.1 and 11.0 points respectively