Feb. 11, 2014
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PROMOTIONS: Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Bearcats and enjoy the Valentine's Day photo booth complete with accessories. Halftime entertainment will include a performance by the Glen Este Dance Team and the Valentine's Day Dating Game.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will face off with Memphis Wednesday evening in a conference game available on the American Digital Network.
THE SERIES: The Bearcats will be facing off with Memphis for the first time this season and the first time since the 2005 season when both schools were members of Conference USA. Memphis leads the overall series with a 30-13 record, however, UC has won four of the last five.
LAST TIME OUT:
- The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team struggled on the offensive end all day and dropped a 48-39 decision to visiting Houston, Saturday in American Athletic Conference play at Fifth Third Arena.
- Houston led wire to wire and snapped an 11-game skid.
- The Bearcats finished 15-of-53 (.280) from the floor and were 1-for-16 (.060) from behind the 3-point line.
- UC efforted a comeback, getting to within seven twice in the last four minutes, 37-30 with 4:54 left and 43-36 with under a minute to go.
- The Cougars hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to nullify the comeback.
- UC held a 44-35 rebounding advantage, tallied 13 second-chance points on 10 offensive rebounds in the second half and scored 26 of its 39 points in the paint.
- Alyesha Lovett led the way with 11 points and five rebounds.
- Jeanise Randolph and Bianca Quisenberry each grabbed seven rebounds while Quisenberry added four assists and a pair of steals.
- Marche' Amerson led four UH players in double figures with 11 points.
- Yasmeen Thompson had a double-double, scoring 10 and grabbing 11 rebounds.
- Te'onna Campbell and Alecia Smith also added 10 points. Campbell tallied eight boards and four steals.
- The Bearcats have gone 1-5 over the last six since it was announced Hollins would miss the rest of the 2013-14 season due to a chronic knee injury.
- Houston jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, leading by 14 at the half, 26-12, despite going 16-for-29 from the free-throw line in the game.
- The Bearcats trailed by as many as 16 early in the second half, before staging their late comeback with four minutes left.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS:
- Memphis enters the contest with an 11-13 overall record and a 4-8 mark in conference play.
- The Tigers are on a three-game losing streak having suffered losses to Rutgers (66-48), USF (71-58) and Temple (64-51).
- Memphis picked up a staple win this season against Rutgers, earning a 74-73 overtime victory.
- The Tigers are scoring 64.0 points per game but also surrendering 67.5 points per game.
- Memphis also averaged 8.1 steals per game.
- Memphis is 1-9 this season when being out-scored by the opponent's bench.
- Ariel Hearn is Memphis' leading scorer and the only Tiger to pace double figures at 17.4 points per game, ranking her fifth in the conference.
- Hearn is also second in free throw percentage (85.7 percent) and 11th in assists (3.3).
- A trio of Tigers average between just under nine points per game in Mooriah Rowser (8.6), Breigha Wilder-Cochran (8.6) and Asianna Fuqua-Bey (8.0).
- Fuqua-Bey (7.3) and Pa'Sonna Hope (7.2) lead the team in rebounding.
- Memphis has played a total of five overtime games this season, two going to double overtime.
- Kayla Cook currently ranks sixth on UC's all-time three-pointers made list with 138 and trails Madinah Slaise for fifth place (146) by eight. Cook is also eighth on the all-time minutes played list with 3,571. She trails Jolinda Lewis (3,589) in seventh place by just 18 minutes.
- During conference play Cincinnati ranks fourth in field-goal percentage defense (40.9) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (28.3). Six conference opponents have been held to 41 percent shooting or lower. Only three opponents have shot better than 27 percent from three-point range.
- Cincinnati has used 10 different starting lineups this season with 10 different Bearcats making starts. Alyesha Lovett and Kayla Cook are the only players to start every game.
- 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 four games, sophomore Jasmine Whitfield is UC's leading scorer at 9.0 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 13.8 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 (9.9), sixth in blocks (1.4), 15th in steals (1.3) and 20th in scoring (9.8). She ranks first in the league in defensive rebounding (7.1). Randolph has four 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 third in the conference and 35th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 59.0 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.