Women's Basketball Announces Latest Recruiting Class

Feb. 15, 2013

CINCINNATI - Head coach Jamelle Elliott and the women's basketball coaching staff have announced the latest class to sign National Letters of Intent with the University of Cincinnati.

"I am extremely excited about next year's freshmen class," noted Elliott. "They provide us with added depth in the interior and increase our versatility on the perimeter. They are quality young ladies both on and off the court and I'm looking forward to this class being a part of our family. The future is bright for the Bearcats"

The four signees will join a squad that will lose just one student-athlete to graduation following this season, potentially giving Coach Elliot one of the deepest benches during her tenure.

Cincinnati (9-15, 1-10) picked up its first BIG EAST win of the season Tuesday night against Marquette by a 54-52 score. Tiffany Turner's lay-up with less than a second remaining gave the Bearcats the thrilling win inside Fifth Third Arena. UC held the Golden Eagles without a field goal for the final 7:09 of the contest.

UC ranks eighth in the BIG EAST and 97th nationally in scoring defense this season with opponents pacing just 58.2 points. In UC's nine wins this season, foes are averaging just 46.8 points, limiting eight of those opponents to 54 points or fewer.

Facing top-five ranked programs Notre Dame and Connecticut, the UC defense limited each to an average of 17.5 points below their scoring average. No. 2/3 Notre Dame netted 64 points compared to their 82.2 average while No. 3/2 UConn's 67 points failed to match their 83.7 point average.

UC currently ranks fourth in the league and 91st nationally in fewest turnovers, coughing it up just 15.8 times per game. UC completed the non-conference schedule averaging just 14.7 turnovers per contest.

Last season the Bearcats reached the second round of the WNIT after recording a 68-63 overtime victory against Duquesne. The win marked the first postseason victory for Elliot as a head coach.

Cincinnati Women's Basketball Class of 2017

Marley Hill

6-2 | Forward | Fr. | Reynoldsburg, Ohio | Africentric

High School: Named to the all-state honorable mention squad as a junior ... selected to All-Columbus City first team and all-district second team following junior campaign ... led Africentric to the 2012 Division II Ohio State Championship ... named all-district honorable mention as a sophomore ... averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior ... selected to the honor roll four times.

Personal: Born her August 21, 1995 ... is the daughter of Dana and Eric Hill ... has one sister ... grandfather is NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer ... planned major is Education.

Coach Elliott on Marley
"Marley is an athletic post player who can step outside and shoot the three. She runs the floor well and comes from a winning program in Africentric."

Ashley Nickens

6-3 | Forward | Fr. | Sterling Heights, Mich. | Henry Ford II

High School: Was a four-year letterwinner ... played for three years at Stevenson High School before transferring to Henry Ford II for her senior season ... was a starter throughout prep career at Henry Ford II ... led the program to a combined 30 wins the last three years ... finished as the team's leading rebounder as a sophomore and junior ... led the team in scoring as a sophomore ... named to the honor roll three years.

Personal: Born June 19, 1995 ... is the daughter of Carolyn Nickens ... planned major is communications.

Coach Elliott on Ashley
"Ashley is going to give us a tremendous presence inside. She has good hands and is deceptively athletic. She's a great teammate and is very vocal and emotional on the court."

Bianca Quisenberry

5-8 | Guard | Springfield, Ohio | Tecumseh

High School: Was a four-year starter ... named all-state honorable mention as a sophomore and junior ... was a three-time all-league and all-district first-team selection ... named to the All-Springfield News-Sun Team three times ... selected to the All-Clark County team three times ... named to the all-southwest district first team as a junior after earning second-team honors as a sophomore and third-team honors as a freshman ... was league, district and Springfield News-Sun Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior ... became first sophomore to be named Clark County Miss Basketball, also earning the honor as a junior ... named team MVP three times ... holds school records for points in a game (44), points in a season (617), points in a career (1,617) and assists in a season (166) ... averaged 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 6.0 steals per game during junior campaign ... was an honor roll student ... participated in S.A.D.D, FCA and Young Life.

Personal: Born January 23, 1995 ... is the daughter of Andrea and Richard Quisenberry ... has two sisters and two brothers ... is the third member of immediate family to play college athletics (Father, Basketball at Rio Grande; Mother, Tennis at Wittenberg; Sister, Volleyball at Wooster).

Coach Elliott on Bianca
"Bianca is a tremendous competitor. She is a combo guard that possesses great fundamental skills and plays incredibly hard."


Brandey Tarver

5-10 | Guard | Chicago, Ill. | Bogan Computer Technical

High School: Was a four-year letterwinner ... named to the all-city squad as a junior ... led Bogan Computer Technical to regional championships each of the last three years ... helped Bogan win city championship as a freshman ... led squad to a combined 64-25 record the last three years.

Personal: Born October 7, 1994 ... is the daughter of Darlene and Timothy Tarver ... has three sisters and one brother.

Coach Elliott on Brandey
"Brandey is an athletic, versatile guard who can play both inside and out. She has a good mid-range game, is a strong defender and a very good rebounder."

The Bearcats will continue BIG EAST play Sunday at St. John's in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.