BEARCATS TO TAKE ON ST. JOHN'S IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will hit the road for a BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Sunday, Feb. 8, in the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. The Bearcats and Red Storm are set to tip off at 4 p.m., following the St. John's-Louisville men's game at the Garden.
UC and St. John's have met three times, with the Red Storm holding a 3-0 lead in the series between BIG EAST foes. St. John's won last year's contest in Fifth Third Arena, 49-47, on March 1, 2008. St. John's captured the first meeting between the clubs with an 88-80 win on Jan. 18, 2006, in Fifth Third Arena. This will mark UC's first appearance in Madison Square Garden
THE COACH J. Kelley Hall is in his second season at Cincinnati after being named the seventh head coach in school history on April 4, 2007. Hall previously held the top spot at Louisiana-Lafayette, earning Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors in 2004-05. He is the winningest coach in ULL history and led the 2006-07 team to the NCAA Tournament, the first in school history. Hall has held assistant positions at Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn, Cal State Fullerton, and Louisville. He was the head coach at a pair of junior colleges early in his career, leading Gordon College in 1984-85 and spending seven seasons at Truett-McConnel College. He holds a 315-142 overall record and a 111-86 Division I head coaching ledger.
Junior guard Kahla Roudebush, who led the Bearcats in scoring last season with 16.5 points per game, again tops the UC scorers, averaging 15.9 per game. She has scored 20 or more six times this season.
Senior forward Jill Stephens scored a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season against Providence on Feb. 3. She became the first Bearcat to score 30 or more since the 2003-04 season.
UC surpassed its victory total from last season (13 to 12) with the win against Seton Hall. The Bearcats earned their third BIG EAST win in their fourth conference game this season. It took them 16 games to pick up three BIG EAST wins in 2007-08.
With its 65-55 win against No. 21/23 Xavier on Dec. 7, UC knocked off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since a 62-44 win against No. 24/24 DePaul on Jan. 14, 2007.
The Bearcats are third in the nation in personal fouls committed per game and also rank 24th in turnovers per contest.
Senior guard Angel Morgan, who stands 5-8, leads the Bearcats in rebounding at 7.9 per game. She is seventh in the BIG EAST.
J. Kelley Hall won his 100th game as a Division I head coach when the Bearcats topped Toledo, 60-59, on Nov. 23. Hall won 86 games at the helm of Louisiana Lafayette and has won 25 at Cincinnati.
LAST TIME OUT
Jill Stephens scored a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, but it was not enough, as the University of
Cincinnati women's basketball team dropped an 82-71, double-overtime decision against Providence in Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 3.
Stephens became the first Bearcat to score 30 or more since Valerie King dropped in 46 points against Charleston Southern on Nov. 25, 2003.
Kahla Roudebush, UC's leading scorer, didn't tally until the 9:08 mark of the second half and finished with 11 points, five shy of her season average.
Angel Morgan scored five points and added a game-high 12 rebounds and six assists. The Bearcats outrebounded Providence, 49-34.
Catherine Bove led the Friars with 23 points, including 6-of-6 from three-point range.
The Friars knocked down 10-of-22 three-point attempts.
BEARCATS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
UC is 8-57 all-time against ranked teams.
The Bearcats are 0-2 all-time against No. 1 teams. UC lost at No. 1/1 UConn on Jan. 19, 2008 and at home against the No. 1/1 Huskies on Jan. 24, 2009.
The Bearcats knocked off No. 21/23 Xavier, 65-55, on Dec. 7, 2008.
The Bearcats are 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
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Senior guard Angel Morgan started the season as an energy player coming off the bench, but has won a starting spot.
In 19 starts this season, she is averaging 6.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.
A 5-8 guard, she leads the team and ranks seventh in the BIG EAST with 7.9 rebounds per contest.
Morgan grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in UC's win against Mississippi Valley State and recorded her first career double-double with a career-high 18 points and 12 rebounds against IUPUI. She scored 10 points and added 13 rebounds for her second double-double against Syracuse.
She has seven double-digit rebounding efforts this season.
Morgan was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week ending on Dec. 14.
ROUDEBUSH PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Junior sharpshooter Kahla Roudebush made her mark on the UC record books last season with her three-point shooting. She led the Bearcats in 2007-08, scoring 16.5 points per game and knocking down 66 triples.
She again leads the Bearcats in scoring at 15.9 points per game and has knocked down 43 three-pointers, shooting at a 35 percent clip from behind the arc.
She leads the BIG EAST in minutes played, averaging 38.2 per contest.
With six threes against Saint Francis (Pa.), Roudebush moved into fifth place in school history.
Roudebush has scored in double figures in all but four games this season.
She was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week ending on Jan. 4.
She has six 20-plus point games this season.
Roudebush missed the bulk of the 2006-07 season after shoulder and knee injuries.
Senior Jill Stephens is averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest this season.
The forward scored a career-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds against Providence, marking the first 30-point game for a UC player since the 2003-04 season.
Stephens posted her first double-double of the season on Jan. 7 at West Virginia, dropping in 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She had 10 double-doubles last season.
Stephens is shooting 53 percent from the floor, 49 percent from the three-point line and 84 percent from the free throw line, each of which would rank in the school's Top 10 single-season records list.
She is 85 points shy of 1,000 for her career (915).
The Bearcats held their first 10 opponents to under 60 points, allowing 51.5 points per game during that span.
Michigan became the first team to score more than 60 points against UC since Syracuse in a 66-56 win on Feb. 23, 2008, a span of 12 games.
The Bearcats allowed 66 points, 65 points, and 66 points, respectively, against No. 7/11 Louisville, No. 1/1 Connecticut - a season-low for the Huskies and 23 points under their season average - and No. 17/13 Notre Dame.
UC's match-up zone defense, a staple for any J. Kelley Hall-coached team, has stifled opponents, holding them to 37 percent shooting and nearly 15 turnovers per game.
Bellman, a 5-10 guard/forward, missed the entire 2007-08 season after tearing her ACL in preseason practice. She averaged 10.6 points over 57 games during her freshman and sophomore campaigns and led the Bearcats in rebounding in both years, averaging over 6.0 boards per contest. She is averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds this season.
Jones, a 6-1 post, returns after missing the 2007-08 season. She is a 9.0 point-per-game scorer in her career and led the team in offensive rebounding in each of her first two seasons. In fact, Jones has more offensive rebounds than defensive boards in her career (203-195).
IMPROVEMENT IN YEAR TWO
The Bearcats are a much-improved team in J. Kelley Hall's second season on the bench, and the proof is clear.
Against common opponents, the Bearcats have fared much better this season, making up an average of nearly 10 points per game in scoring differential.