Women's Basketball Travels to USF Tuesday
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Jan. 20, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team hits the road to face USF on Tuesday, January 21. The game will be broadcast on the American Digital Network.  

THE SERIES: Cincinnati leads the all-time series by a 14-9  mark but the Bulls have won the last two meetings. UC’s last win over USF came on Jan. 11, 2011 by a 57-56 score.

LAST TIME OUT:

  • The Cincinnati held Temple scoreless for 10:36 second span during the first half. The drought ended on a Shi-Heria Shipp free throw. Another 58 seconds ticked off before Temple scored a field goal.
  • UC scored 12 unanswered points during the run to take a 16-4 lead with 4:47 to play in the half.
  • Cincinnati limited Temple to just 13 first-half points, the second-fewest allowed this season, limiting only Xavier to fewer during a nine-point second half.
  • Temple took control in the second half, outscoring UC 38-5 during a span of 12:05. The difference turned a 30-15 Cincinnati lead into a 53-35 Temple advantage. UC went more than six minutes without a basket to aide in the run.
  • Cincinnati was out-scored 45-25 in the second half.
  • The Owls recorded 25 points off turnovers. The Bearcats coughed it up 22 times in the game.
  • Cincinnati tied a season-high in blocks as a team with seven. The total matches the number recorded against Louisville on Jan. 4, 2014.
  • Cincinnati’s bench was out-scored 30-9.
  • Dayeesha Hollins reached double digit points for the 10th time this season and the 83rd time in her career.
  • Jeanise Randolph tied her career high rebounding total with 14. The leading defensive rebounder in conference pulled down 12 on the defensive end.
  • Randolph recorded three blocks in the contest, moving her to fifth all-time on UC’s career blocks list with 69. The senior forward moved past Anne Stephens (2003-06) on the list and needs just two more to tie Debbie Merrill (2002-04) for fourth place.
  • Alyesha Lovett recorded double-digit points for the seventh time this season and the 14th time in her career.
  • Alexis Durley recorded nine points in the contest, the most for her since also totaling nine against Charlotte.
  • Alyesha Lovett set a new career-high total in blocks with four, passing her previous best of three at Xavier on Dec. 21, 2013.

SCOUTING THE BULLS:
  • USF enters Tuesday’s contest with a 9-8 overall record and a 4-2 mark in conference play.
  • The Bulls are coming off a 63-38 win over USF on January. 18.
  • In American play, the Bulls have picked up wins against Houston, SMU, Temple and UCF while falling to Rutgers and Louisville.
  • A pair of double-digit scorers lead USF in scoring in Courtney Williams (14.6) and Alisia Jenkins (10.1).
  • Alisia Jenkins is the conference’s second-leading rebounder and ranks 21st nationally with 10.9 boards per contest. Her eight double-doubles rank second among the league.
  • USF is eighth nationally and second in the conference in blocked shots at 6.0 per game. Akila McDonald leads the way, averaging 2.25 blocks per game. That pace ranks her 36th nationally.
  • Alisa Jenkins leads the squad in steals with 22 while Courtney Williams has 17 this season.
  • Three players have surpassed 40 assists this seaosn with Shalet Stringfield leading the way with 49. Inga Orekhova totals 43 while Courtney Williams has dished out 41.
STORYLINES
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 15.5 points 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. Overall UC has limited 11 opponents to double-digits below their scoring average.
  • Jeanise Randolph is making her mark in conference play, ranking first in rebounding (11.0), sixth in blocks (1.7), eighth in steals (2.0) and 13th in scoring (11.7). She leads the league in defensive rebounding (8.3). Randolph has two double-doubles in five conference games.
  • Jeanise Randolph’s six double-doubles this season are the most for a UC player in a single season since Jill Stephens finished the 2007-08 season with 10.
  • Cincinnati’s is currently ranked fourth in the conference and 40th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 61.8 points per game.
  • 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 51st nationally in free throw percentage at 72.5 percent. Seven times this season UC has scored more than 16 points from the free throw line and six 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).