Cincinnati Welcomes No. 3/2 UConn Saturday Night
Lesha Dunn

Jan. 25, 2013

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CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will face a nationally-ranked team for the third time this season when they welcome No. 3/2 UConn (14-1, 5-1) Saturday to Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats are still searching for their first conference win while the Huskies come in riding three straight wins over top 25 teams.

THE SERIES: Cincinnati has never defeated UConn in seven tries. The Huskies have won three of those meetings in Cincinnati. The two squads have face off every year since the 2006 season. UConn last defeated Cincinnati at home on Jan. 29, 2011 by a final score of 80-46.

LAST TIME OUT: Cincinnati battled back against DePaul, but couldn’t hold on against the Blue Demons during a 51-45 loss Tuesday night. The Bearcats used a 17-5 run during the second half that allowed them to take a brief 33-32 lead before DePaul regained control of the scoring. The Blue Demons went 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to close out the contest.

Dayeesha Hollins led the team in scoring with 14 points, marking the 15th time this season she’s accomplished the feat. Lovett finished with eight points, marking the third straight game she’s poured in at least that total. Overall she has scored eight or more in five of the last six games.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Perennial national power Connecticut (17-1, 4-1) is once again ranked among the nation’s best entering Saturday’s contest.  The Huskies are winners of their last five contests, including three wins over top-25 teams (15/13 Louisville, rv/23 Syracuse, 4/4 Duke). Overall UConn is 8-1 this season against nationally ranked teams with the only set back coming in the BIG EAST opener against No. 5 Notre Dame.

The Huskies rank first nationally in several categories including scoring offense (83.7), scoring margin (+36.1), FG percentage defense (30.9) and assists per game (21.6). 

Four Huskies average double-digits with seven averaging better than 5.5 points per contest. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leads the team at 17.3 ppg. Breanna Stewart (14.8), Stefanie Dolson (13.3) and Kelly Faris (10.8) are the other double-digit scorers for UConn.