Cincinnati Hosts UCF Saturday
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Jan. 24, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team returns home to face UCF Saturday afternoon in a battle between American Athletic Conference foes.  

THE SERIES: First Meeting

LAST TIME OUT:

  • UC was unable to keep pace with the USF offense during the second half as the Bulls used an 11-point scoring advantage in the final 20 minutes to earn a 57-48 win over the Bearcats Tuesday evening in Tampa.
  • The Bulls used a 14-2 run during the middle of the second half to pull away from UC. The Bearcats held a two-point advantage before the spurt and then found themselves down 48-38 with 6:40 to play after.
  • Cincinnati was led offensively by Dayeesha Hollins who dropped in 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The senior guard drained her only long-range attempt while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds and dishing out six assists.
  • Jeanise Randolph recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The senior forward recorded two steals and two blocks.
  • Randolph moved into a tie for fourth place on UC’s all-time blocks list, now totaling 71 at Cincinnati. Her total ties Debbie Merrill who played from 2002-04.
  • Bianca Quisenberry finished in double figures with 10 points.
  • Alyesha Lovett totaled six points and five rebounds.
  • USF was led by Courtney Williams who finished 9-of-15 from the floor, totaling 21 points.
  • Akila McDonald added 10 points while Alisia Jenkins added seven points and eight rebounds.
  • Overall USF shot 41.2 percent compared to 35.7 percent for UC.
  • The Bulls went 14-of-17 from the free throw line while Cincinnati made it to the line just four times, converting three shots.
  • UC was out-rebounded 38-30, allowing 10 second-chance points to USF.
  • The first half featured three lead changes eventually resulting in a tie game after the first 20 minutes.
  • USF opened the contest on a 7-2 run before Cincinnati answered with 6-0 spurt to turn the deficit into a one-point advantage.
  • Neither team led by more than two until a lay-up by Hollins gave the Bearcats an 18-14 edge with 4:25 left in the half. However, USF closed out the frame on a 6-2 spurt.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS:
  • UCF enters Saturday’s contest with an identical record to UC at 8-10 overall and 1-6 in American Athletic Conference play.
  • UCF’s leading scorer Briahanna Jackson left the team last week. In 14 games this season she was averaging 17.8 points per game.
  • UCF features two double-digit scores in Sara Djassi at 12.0 points and Zykira Lewis at 10.9 points.
  • UCF picked up their only conference win against Houston to open conference play but since then have dropped six straight conference matches.
  • The Knights rank fifth in the conference and 94th nationally in field-goal percentage defense at 38.4 percent.
STORYLINES
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 15.3 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 12 opponents to double-digits below their scoring average, including five in conference play.
  • 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 14th in scoring (11.7). She leads the league in defensive rebounding (8.1). Randolph has three double-doubles in five conference games.
  • Jeanise Randolph’s seven 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 is currently ranked fourth in the conference and 35th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 59.1 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 74th nationally in free throw percentage at 72.6 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).