Feb. 3, 2014
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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will travel to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
THE SERIES: The second matchup this season between UC and Rutgers will be the 11th in the overall series. The Bearcats picked up the only win against the Scarlet Knights last season with a 56-48 victory at home.
LAST TIME OUT:
- The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team fell to No. 1 and undefeated University of Connecticut 86-29 on Saturday afternoon in Fifth Third Arena.
- The Bearcats were led by eight points apiece from junior Alyesha Lovett, senior Jeanise Randolph and sophomore Jasmine Whitfield.
- The Bearcats opened the game in strong fashion, taking a 3-1 lead following an Alyesha Lovett 3-point bucket.
- They regained a 5-3 lead after a layup by Lovett and kept within five points of the nation's top team through the first six minutes of the game.
- The defense also had a strong showing early, forcing UConn into five missed shots in the first five and a half minutes.
- The Huskies took control of the game as UConn shut down the Cincinnati offense and opened a 22-0 scoring run which saw the visitors go ahead 39-9 with 1:09 remaining before half.
- UC added one more basket from Jasmine Whitfield before heading in to the half with a 41-11 score.
- Five players scored for Cincinnati in the second half, including six points from Whitfield.
- Cincinnati finished with four blocks on the day, with two by Lovett. The team shot 80.0 percent from the free throw line (4-of-5) and scored 14 points in the paint.
- Five players for UConn finished in double figures, led by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley who each contributed 17 points.
- Quisenberry added four points, going 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
- Cincinnati was outscored 32-14 in the paint and faced a 35-27 deficit in rebounding.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS:
- Rutgers enters Tuesday's contest with a 16-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play.
- In the first season meeting, the Bearcats suffered a 78-58 loss to Rutgers at home. Kahleah Copper totaled 21 points to lead the Scarlet Knights while Tyler Scaife added 18.
- The Scarlet Knights have flirted with the top-25 poll all season and are currently receiving votes in the latest top 25 poll as of Feb 3. Rutgers did not appear in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll as of Jan. 28.
- Rutgers features a total of three double digit scorers including Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife and Betnijah Laney.
- Tyler Scaife is coming of a strong week, earning freshman of the week honors after averaging 19.0 points per game, 4.5 assists per game and shooting 59.3 percent.
- Rutgers ranks 10th nationally in blocks per game at 5.8, trailing only national-leader UConn in the conference ranks.
- Rachel Hollivay is seventh nationlly in blocks and leads the conference at 3.32 per game.
- Kahleah Copper is 11th nationally in field goal percentage at 59.2.
- Rutgers also ranks 12th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, limiting foes to 34.6 percent.
- Jeanise Randolph tied the single-game blocks record against Louisville on Jan. 4 swatting six shots against the Cardinals. The total tied Bev Obringer who had six blocks against Southern Miss on Jan. 28, 1989. Randolph is just six blocks away from cracking the single-season top-ten list for blocks.
- Over the last four games, freshman Bianca Quisenberry is the second-leading scorer at 8.5 points per game. UC's starting point guard the last three games, Quisenberry is also the second-leading rebounder at 4.3 per game.
- The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 14.3 points below their season scoring pace. Cincinnati held No. 1 UConn 19.3 points below their scoring average in their first meeting this season. 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 six in conference play.
- Jeanise Randolph is making her mark in conference play, ranking first in rebounding (10.2), sixth in blocks (1.6), 14th in steals (1.4) and 16th in scoring (10.5). She ranks first in the league in defensive rebounding (7.3). 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 second in the conference and 26th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 58.3 points per game.
- With the Cincinnati men's basketball program currently ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense at 57.3 points per game, UC is the only Division I school in the country with both the men's and women's basketball program limiting opponents to fewer than 60 points per game.
- 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.
- Cincinnati opened up conference play this season against four of the top preseason selections. UConn, Louisville were selected first and second, each receiving a first-place nod. Rutgers was picked fourth while SMU was fifth in the preseason rankings.