Bearcats Travel to Temple Saturday

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Feb. 14, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will square off with Temple for the second teim this season Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. 

THE SERIES: The second meeting this season with Temple is also the second overall. The owls earned a 58-47 win in the first meeting at Fifth Third Arena. 

LAST TIME OUT:

  • The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team earned a 65-49 win over Memphis in American Athletic Conference play, Wednesday at Fifth Third Arena.
  • Jeanise Randolph scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, tying her career-best scoring effort.
  • Randolph also added 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season
  • Memphis pulled within three in the first minute of the second half, 29-26 with 19:05 left and pulled back within five on three occasions before an 8-0 UC run, paced by six points from Randolph moved the lead to double digits, 48-35, with 9:51 remaining.
  • UC never looked back, pushing the advantage to as many as 18 in the win.
  • UC finished 24-of-53 (.453) from the floor, its best shooting effort in 14 games.
  • The Bearcats held off any Memphis scoring runs by never missing more than four attempts in a row while the defense held the Tigers to a .280 effort (17-of-60) from the floor along with 15 turnovers.
  • Bianca Quisenberry added 14 points and a pair of assists while Jasmine Whitfield finished with nine points and a career best seven rebounds. Quisenberry also had a career-high three steals.
  • Ariel Hearn led the Tigers with 18 points and Asianna Fuqua-Bey and Pa'Sonna Hope pulled down 11 boards apiece.
  • The Bearcats led 27-21 at the break after a pressuring UC defense forced 12 turnovers with seven steals and converted them into 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.
  • UC trailed by three, 10-7 in the early going, and later used a 15-8 run over 6:18 to pull ahead 24-18 with 4:52 remaining.
  • During the run, UC hit seven of its 11 shots. The game had seven lead changes in the first 10 minutes until UC's run.
  • Both teams went cold from there with a four-minute scoreless period before Quisenberry drained a three to put UC up 27-18 with 41 seconds left. Memphis' Mack added a three of her own with 20 ticks on the clock to make the halftime margin six at 27-21.
SCOUTING THE OWLS: 
  • The Temple Owls enter Saturday's contest with a 12-11 overall record and a 6-6 record in conference play.
  • Temple holds a 6-7 record in home games.
  • The Owls have won two in a row against Memphis and Houst after dropping four straight.
  • Feyond Fitzgerald leads the squad in scoring at 12.8 points per game while Natasha Thames is right behind at 11.2 points per game. Shi-Heria Shipp adds 9.6 points while Tyonna Williams averaged 9.5
  • Natasha Thames leads the squad in rebounding at 8.0 per game.
  • In the first meeting against the Owls, Cincinnati held a nine-point lead at the half only to be outscored 45-25 in the second half.
  • Shi-Heria Shipp and Rateska Brown each added dobule-digit points off the bench with 10 abd 17 respectively.
STORYLINES
  • Kayla Cook currently ranks sixth on UC's all-time three-pointers made list with 139 and trails Madinah Slaise for fifth place (146) by seven. Cook is also seventh on the all-time minutes played list with 3,595. She trails Kahla Roudebush (3,614) in seventh place by just 19 minutes.
  • During conference play Cincinnati ranks fourth in field-goal percentage defense (39.9) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (28.0). Seven 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 five games, sophomore Jasmine Whitfield is UC's second-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 (10.0), sixth in blocks (1.4), 13th in steals (1.3) and 17th in scoring (10.8). She ranks first in the league in defensive rebounding (7.2). Randolph has five double-doubles in conference play.
  • Jeanise Randolph's nine 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.

 

 

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