Bearcats Escape Last SHU Rally, 54-48

Feb. 18, 2012

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team (14-12, 5-8 BIG EAST) escaped a late Seton Hall (7-20, 0-13 BIG EAST) rally to defeat the Pirates, 54-48, on Saturday afternoon at Walsh Gymnasium. With the victory, Cincinnati has won four BIG EAST road contests, which is its most since joining the league in 2005-06, while its 14 wins is the most since the 2008-09 season when it finished 14-17.

Cincinnati was led by three players in double-figures, including Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) with a team-high 16 points, Chanel Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt) with 14 and Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) with 12.

The Bearcats were the first to strike in the first minute, while SHU struggled to get onto the board until the 13:58 mark. But then it was all Cincinnati, as it went on a 10-0 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers by Reaves, to make it 14-4 with 6:41 remaining. Cincinnati took its largest lead, 25-12, with 2:32 left before ending the half with a 26-16 advantage.

Cincinnati maintained a double-digit margin for the majority of the second half, including its largest of the game, 34-18, with 16:56 remaining. The Pirates pulled within 10 twice and slowly inched closer to the Bearcats courtesy of a 10-3 run to make it 45-42 with 2:42 remaining. Reaves nailed a 3-pointer to end the Bearcats’ three-minute scoring drought and Seton Hall couldn’t get closer than six of UC down the stretch, as Cincinnati won its fourth-straight conference road game.

The Pirates were led by Jasmine Crew with 19 points.

 Cincinnati returns home to host Marquette on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena.