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The University of Cincinnati plays its second straight ranked opponent and sixth BIG EAST contest when it hosts No. 5/5 Rutgers at Fifth Third Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at 7 p.m. The Bearcats are coming off two road games, most recently falling at No. 1/1 Connecticut on Saturday, 86-49.
Four UC players are averaging double figures, led by redshirt-sophomore Kahla Roudebush's 16.4 points a game. Junior forward Jill Stephens averages a team-high 9.9 rebounds a game and has collected seven double-doubles this year, the most a UC player has grabbed in a season since Debbie Merrill tallied 11 double-doubles during the 2002-03 season.
Jill Stephens is scoring 14.8 points and grabbing 9.9 rebounds a game. If she can finish the season averaging a double-double, she will join only three other players in school history who have averaged a double-double at the end of a season: Donna Ell (10.5 ppg, 16.4 rbg in 1972-73), Linda Norwell, and Bev Obringer (13.0 ppg, 14.5 rbg, 1986-87). Norwell finished her career with a 21.2 ppg and 15.4 rbg average, collecting a double-double after each season she played (1973-1977).
Cincinnati head coach J. Kelley Hall won his 300th career game as a head coach when the Bearcats defeated Georgetown on Tuesday, Jan. 8. He is now 300-125 overall and is four wins away from the 100 victory mark at the NCAA Division I level. He is 96-69 overall as head coach at an NCAA Division I school.
LAST TIME OUT:
Kahla Roudebush scored 16 points and Jill Stephens added 15 for the University of Cincinnati but the Bearcats lost, 86-49, to No. 1/1 Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.
Stephens led UC with nine points and five rebounds in the first half while UConn's Maya Moore (19) and Renee Montgomery (16, four treys) combined for 35 of UConn's 45 first half points. UC scored 25 points in the first half.
UC shot its first free throw of the second half with under a minute to play.
The Bearcats were outrebounded, 52-30, and gave up 36 points in the paint while shooting 29 percent from the floor. UConn was led by Montgomery, who scored a career and game-high 27 points. Moore added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Connecticut while Kaili McLaren chipped in 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies.
ABOUT RUTGERS: Rutgers is ranked No. 5 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls and have won 10 consecutive games, most recently winning on Sunday against Louisville, 70-57. The Scarlet Knights matched a season-high with 70 points in the victory. Sophomore guard Epiphanny Prince leads the team in scoring with 13.5 points a game. Junior center Kia Vaughn grabs a team-high 8.4 rebounds a game. Senior forward Essence Carson has started 100 consecutive games and averages 10.1 points a game. The Scarlet Knights are 15-2 overall and 5-0 in conference play, with BIG EAST victories over St. John's, Marquette, Seton Hall, Georgetown and Louisville. Rutgers is coached by C. Vivian Stringer who is in her 13th season at RU. Stringer is 792-262 overall as a head coach (37th season) and 272-127 at Rutgers.
AGAINST RANKED TEAMS: Cincinnati is 7-50 overall against ranked teams. The Scarlet Knights are the second straight ranked opponent for the Bearcats this season, playing No. 1/1 Connecticut on Saturday. Prior to Saturday's loss at UConn, the highest ranked team UC played (since 1990) was No. 3 Georgia on Dec. 13, 1990. The Bearcats lost, 99-38. Cincinnati's last win against a ranked team came on Jan. 14, 2007 when it defeated No. 24/24 DePaul, 62-44 at home. The last road win UC has earned against a ranked team came on Jan. 31, 1999 when the Bearcats defeated No. 18 Tulane, 70-51.
ON TV: Cincinnati has played four games on television so far this season, against Valaparaiso (W, 96-69), at Xavier (W, 61-55), at Louisville (L, 69-37) and at UConn (L, 86-49).
BIG FIRST IN THE BIG EAST: Junior forward Jill Stephens earned the BIG EAST Player of the Week award for the week ending Dec. 17. Stephens is the first UC player to be named the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Player of the Week since the Bearcats joined the league in 2005-06. Stephens led Cincinnati in scoring and rebounding in home victories over Wright State (73-66) on Dec. 11 and Youngstown State (79-56) on Dec. 15. Stephens played the entire game against Wright State, the fourth time she has been called on to do so this season, and scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She scored a game-high 27 points and notched her fourth double-double of the season with 14 rebounds against Youngstown State. She finished the game with career highs in points (27), field goals (11), field goal attempts (19), 3-point field goals made and attempted (5-of-6) and assists (4).
BIG EAST HONORS: Redshirt-sophomore Kahla Roudebush was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after her performance during the week of January 7th. The sharp-shooter averaged 21 points a game, grabbed an average of 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and connected on 7-for 16 from downtown in the games against Georgetown (W, 69-49) and Pittsburgh (L, 86-61).
BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Junior forward Jill Stephens was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week ending Nov. 26, as announced by the league office. Stephens started both the McNeese State and Duquesne games, averaging 14.0 ppg, 17.0 rpg, and shooting 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Stephens pulled down 22 rebounds -- 14 of them offensive -- in the McNeese State game, earning third place in the UC record books for total rebounds in a game and tying a Fifth Third Arena record with 14 offensive boards. She recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Duquesne. Freshman guard Tenishia Benson was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week ending Nov. 18, as announced by the league office. Benson earned her first start against Valparaiso and showed no rookie jitters. She finished the game with a game-high 25 points and was perfect from the free throw line (11-11). Additionally, Benson started the second half against Michigan and finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds. The last UC freshman to lead the team in scoring in her first collegiate start was Shelly Bellman (15 points in 74-39 victory over St. Francis on Nov. 19, 2005).
STREAKIN': Kahla Roudebush connected on 17 consecutive free throws starting against Central Michigan and not missing until the second half of the Georgetown game. She has made 38 of her last 44 (86.4 percent) attempts at the charity stripe (since Xavier game on Dec. 1, 2007).
SUPER STEPHENS: Junior forward Jill Stephens has recorded seven double-doubles this season and currently leads the team with 9.9 rebounds a game. Her 22 rebounds against McNeese State is tied for the fifth best rebounding performance in the country (in games through Jan. 17th).
BENSON BRINGS IT: Freshman guard Tenishia Benson has made significant contributions for UC, earning her first start against Valparaiso and scoring a game-high 25 points. She snapped Valerie King's streak of 21 free throws made in 2002-03 by landing her first 27 attempts over the first six games of the season. Benson finished the McNeese State game with her first double-double of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and at Dayton she recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She scored 11 points, seven in the last two minutes, in the win at Xavier. Benson scored 15 points against Wright State and had a balanced game against Central Michigan, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the year. Benson dropped in 10 points against Georgetown, shooting 5-for-6 at the charity stripe. At UConn, Benson scored seven points and handed out three assists.
FROM DOWNTOWN: The Bearcats have landed 123 three pointers this year and average 7.24 treys a game -- second best in the BIG EAST. With 11 regular season games left in 2007-08, if UC maintains its current average per game it will finish easily within the top-5 in the school record book for three-pointers made in a season (157 is fifth).
EXTREME STAMINA: Jill Stephens played her fourth consecutive and eighth overall 40-minute game at Seton Hall while Kahla Roudebush played her third consecutive 40-minute game at Tennessee Tech and fifth 40-minute game against Georgetown. Carla Jacobs played her second consecutive full game at Tennessee Tech and her fourth full game against Georgetown. Both Tenishia Benson and Natasha Graboski have played 40 minute games for UC as well this season. In the BIG EAST statistics, all five of UC's starters are ranked in the top-30 in minutes played, with Stephens logging the most minutes a game in the league (38.00) -- nearly two minutes more a game than the next closest player (36.12, Epiphanny Prince of Rutgers).
HELPING HAND: Cincinnati handed out a season-high 21 assists in the victory over Youngstown State. UC's 21 helpers were the most since the last game of the 2006-07 season against Pittsburgh (March 3, 2007). The Bearcats had only 11 turnovers for the game against Central Michigan, the lowest since recording seven against Syracuse on Feb. 26, 2007.
WINDOW WIPERS: The Bearcats will focus heavily on rebounding this year and are outrebounding opponents, 700-591. UC grabbed 60 rebounds against McNeese State, the third highest rebounding performance in school history, and followed it up with a 54-rebound game against Presbyterian. The Bearcats have won eight of the 11 games that they have outrebounded their opponents.
FINE AT THE LINE: The Bearcats have connected on 207-of-276 attempts for a .750 percentage at the charity stripe. Freshman Tenishia Benson was an outstanding 11-for-11 from the line in the win over Valparaiso and followed up that performance by going 9-for-9 against Duquesne. The Bearcats did not miss at the line against McNeese State, going 10-for-10 as a team and tying the school record of 100% from the free throw line. The 2003-04 team was perfect from the line twice in 2003, landing 11-for-11 against Indiana State and going 14-for-14 against Loyola Marymount. UC hit 15-of-18 at the line against YSU, shooting 83.3% as a team and made its last six consecutive free throws at Tennessee Tech. Four players connected on 2-of-2 free throws at Seton Hall and the Bearcats matched a season-high 22 made free throws against Georgetown. UC's current percentage of 75.0 from the line would set a new school record if the season were to end today (74.6% is the school record, set by the 2003-04 team).
PF PER GAME: Cincinnati's personal fouls per game average is 13.1. In games through Jan. 17, UC had the seventh best personal fouls per game average in the nation (13.3 pfpg). At Tennessee Tech, UC had a season-high 19 fouls but have only had someone foul out of a game four times this season and have committed only 222 fouls so far as a team. Through the first 17 games last season, UC had 301 fouls as a team.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Cincinnati's 73-66 victory over Wright State was the 1000th game played in women's basketball history at UC. The Bearcats are now 538-471 overall in their 37th season of play.
STANDING GROUND: In two consecutive games, redshirt-sophomore guard Kahla Roudebush took four charges, three coming at Tennessee Tech and one at Seton Hall.
SWATTING GUARD: Sophomore point guard Carla Jacobs is second on the team with eight blocks. Jacobs's eight blocks is more than a UC player tallied during the 2006-07 season. The 5-7 floor general is second behind center Natasha Graboski, who has swatted 15 shots this season -- the most a UC player has blocked in a season since Anne Stephens' 22 during the 2005-06 season.
10 TREYS: Cincinnati has knocked down 10 or more three-pointers in a game six times this season, winning each time they have connected in double-digits from downtown. The Bearcats hit a season-high 13 triples against McNeese State, the most UC has made in a game since the second game of the season last year against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (13) on Nov. 14, 2006.
BENCH PRODUCTIVITY: Against Georgetown, Cincinnati had zero points from bench players. UC has had less than five points from bench players four times this year (Xavier, Wright State, Seton Hall and Georgetown), winning three of the four games.
PROTECTING THE BALL: After averaging 20.5 turnovers a game in the first two exhibition games, UC has done a much better job protecting the ball in regular season play, committing 15.9 turnovers a game.
TRIPLE TIME: Kahla Roudebush needs to make 11 three pointers to put her name in the school record book for 3-pointers made in a career (10th place). She currently has connected on 47 career 3-pointers. Two players have made 58 career treys, ranking 10th in the UC women's basketball records (Shelly Bellman, 2005-present, and Micah Harvey, 2003-06).
CITY STREAK: Cincinnati has landed a basket from downtown in 30 consecutive games. The last time UC finished a game without connecting on a 3-pointer was against DePaul on Jan. 14, 2007 at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats launched nine triples that game, but did not hit. UC has made 123 three pointers as a team this season.