Cincinnati Hosts Play 4Kay Game Saturday Against Houston
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PROMOTIONS: Saturday will serve as Cincinnati's annual Play 4Kay game. Founded in December 2007, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

The late Kay Yow, the Fund's namesake and former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was a past president and founding member of the WBCA, and a galvanizing voice for the Association.Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.

  • All fans are encouraged to wear pink.
  • Pink giveaways to first 400 fans
  • Bearcats Fan Zone from 1-2. Activities on the east concourse include games, sign making with complimentary posters and supplies sponsored by Bruegger’s Bagels, face painting and special guest Lucy the Bearcat.
  • Halftime performances by the UC Dance Team and Lebanon High School Drill Team
  • Postgame autographs session with UC players and coaches

THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will host its Play 4Kay game Saturday against Houston inside Fifth Third Arena.

THE SERIES: The second matchup this season between UC and Houston will be the 15th overall meeting. The Bearcats snapped a three-game losing streak against the Cougars with a 59-50 win at Hofheinz Pavilion in January. 

LAST TIME OUT:

  • The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team nearly erased an eight-point deficit over the final three minutes of Tuesday’s contest at Rutgers, but were unable to convert on a game-tying shot in the final seconds as Rutgers escaped with a 58-53 win at home.
  • With 3:13 left in the game, a three-pointer from Betnijah Laney put the Scarlet Knights up 55-47.
  • However, the Bearcats went on to score six-straight points, cutting the Rutgers lead to two with 1:11 to play. Lovett and Jamison each added buckets while Whitfield hit a pair of free throws.
  • Another defensive stop gave UC the ball back with 35 seconds, but an unforced turnover with 16 seconds left forced UC to foul and put Rachel Hollivay on the line where she hit one of her two free throws.
  • Now down three, Cincinnati had a chance to tie as Lovett put up a three with two seconds left, but the ball hit off the iron and the Scarlet Knights pulled down the rebound.
  • Rutgers hit a pair of free throws with one second remaining to escape with a 58-53 win.
  • Making her first career start, Whitfield shattered her previous career high scoring effort putting up 16 points against the Scarlet Knights. The sophomore guard was 4-of-6 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. She also added a game-high three steals and dished out one assist.
  • Jeanise Randolph recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards.
  • Lovett also finished in double figures with 12 points while dishing out five assists.
  • Kayla Cook added nine points and two assists.
  • Freshman Tyler Scaife led Rutgers with 18 points, scoring 13 of those in the first half. Alternatively, Kahleah Copper added 12 of her 14 during the second half.
  • Cincinnati rebounded from shooting 22.2 percent in the first half to fire at a 48.1 percent clip in the final 20 minutes.
  • A tightly contest first half saw each team grab brief leads, but a quick 7-0 scoring run to close out the final three minutes of the frame allowed Rutgers to take a 27-18 lead at the break.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS:
  • Houston enters the contest with a 4-18 overall record and an 0-11 mark in American action.
  • Interim Head Coach Wade Scott is also looking for his first win having taken over the team at the beginning of conference play.
  • Houston most recently suffered a 79-46 home loss to Temple.
  • 2012 Conference USA All-Freshman team member Marche’ Amerson currently leads the team in total points scored (205), field goals made (78), and minutes played (671).
  • Te’onna Campbell has led the team in scoring in seven of the last 17 games and has scored in double-figures in nine of 19 games played this season. She also leads the team in steals (2.0 spg) and ranks second on the club in rebounding (6.8 rpg).
  • Yasmeen Thompson has been named to the American Athletic Conference honor roll in back-to-back weeks, as she’s averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds over her last four games.
STORYLINES
  • 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 five blocks away from cracking the single-season top-ten list for blocks.
  • Over the last three games, sophomore Jasmine Whitfield is UC’s leading scorer at 10 points per game. Whitfield exploded for a career-high 16 points during her first career start at Rutgers on Feb. 4.
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 14.2 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 13 opponents to double-digits below their scoring average, including seven in conference play.
  • Jeanise Randolph is making her mark in conference play, ranking first in rebounding (10.2), sixth in blocks (1.5), 13th in steals (1.4) and 17th in scoring (10.5). She ranks first in the league in defensive rebounding (7.3). Randolph has three double-doubles in conference play.
  • Jeanise Randolph’s eight 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 36th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 59.5 points per game.
  • With the Cincinnati men’s basketball program currently ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense at 56.8 points per game, UC is one of only two Division I schools in the country with both the men’s and women’s basketball program limiting opponents to fewer than 60 points per game. Wichita State women’s program is 11th at 56.1 ppg while the men are also 11th at 59.5 ppg.
  • 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.