Bearcats Travel to SMU Tuesday
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Jan. 27, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will travel to SMU for a conference contest on Tuesday.  

THE SERIES: The second matchup this season between SMU and UC will be the third in the overall series. The Mustangs picked up a 54-43 win earlier this season to even the overall series at one win each. 

LAST TIME OUT:

  • Cincinnati picked up a 47-37 win over UCF Saturday afternoon inside Fifth Third Arena.
  • The two squads combined to miss the first seven shots of the contest.
  • Cincinnati used a 12-2 run over the span of two minutes and 37 seconds to take a 15-4 lead. Lovett hit a pair of back-to-back threes during the stretch.
  • During an early stretch of the first half, Cincinnati went 7-of-8 from the floor. The Bearcats scored on five straight possessions.
  • UC didn’t make it to the free throw line in the first half for the second straight game.
  • UCF scored the first four points of the second half to cut Cincinnati’s lead to one point at 24-23.
  • UC answered with a 6-0 spurt that lasted just over a minute including scores from Jamison and Quisenberry while Lovett drained UC’s first two free throw attempts of the game.
  • Cincinnati scored 21 points off 20 UCF turnovers.
  • UC recorded 12 assists on 17 baskets.
  • Alyesha Lovett reached double digits in points for the ninth time this season and the 15th time in her career with a game-high 12 points. Lovett drained three triples for the fourth time this season.
  • Jeanise Randolph scored all seven of her points in the second half, going 3-of-6 from the floor.
  • Bianca Quisenberry made her third start of the season adding nine points, marking the second straight game she has contributed at least that amount.
  • Kayla Cook, Bianca Quisenberry and Chelsea Jamison each dished out a game-high three assists.
  • Chelsea Jamison recorded season highs in both points with nine and rebounds with six.
  • Alexis Durley added six points after going 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
  • Cincinnati improved to 9-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play with the win.

SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS:
  • SMU enters the contest with a 12-7 overall reocrd and a 6-2 mark in conference play.
  • The Mustangs snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Houston Saturday.
  • The Bearcats suffered a 54-43 loss the to Mustangs in the first season meeting.
  • The Mustangs were led in scoring by Keena Mays with 15 points while Alyesha Lovett totaled 17 points for UC.
  • Cincinnati was without Dayeesha Hollins and Alexis Durley in the contest.
  • SMU’s leading scorer Keena Mays is averaging 19.4 points per game. She also leads the league in scoring.
  • Akil Simpson is pacing 13.6 points per game while Destynee Hives-McCray is averaging 13.6 points per game.
  • Simpson ranks third in the conference in field-goal percentage at 56.8 percent and eighth in rebounding at 7.9
  • The Mustangs currently rank fourth in the conference and 50th nationally in assists per game at 15.9. Mays leads the squad with 74 while Korina Baker has totaled 67.
STORYLINES
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 15.8 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 fourth in rebounding (8.9), eighth in blocks (1.0) and 15th in scoring (11.7). She ranks fifth in 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).