Cincinnati Hosts Providence In Cancer Awareness Game|
Feb. 22, 2013
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will host its Cancer Awareness Game this Saturday when the Bearcats face off with Providence at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and the first 100 will receive a pink adidas drawstring backpack. Doors will open at 1 p.m.
The game supports those that are fighting cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers while also honoring those that have lost their lives to the disease. The game is in coordination with the 2013 Play 4Kay initiative (formerly known as WBCA PinkZone) which is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. A total of 14 games in the BIG EAST conference are supporting the effort during the month of February.
At this year's event, former Cincinnati women's basketball player and two-time captain Leslie (Knoch) Andrew will be honored prior to the game. Leslie, who will be joined by her family, is currently battling melanoma. To learn more on how to help Leslie's battle, please visit teamupforleslie.com.
Promotional activities during the game include pink t-shirt tosses to the crowd, in-game shooting contests, a craziest row contest and the Donato's Pizza Delivery. Halftime will include performances by the UC and Wilson Middle School dance team in addition to a mini-game by the Lincoln Heights youth basketball team.
THE SERIES: Providence leads the overall series by a 4-3 mark. The Friars are 2-1 in games played in Cincinnati while the series is tied 2-2 at Providence. Cincinnati snapped Providence's three-game winning streak in the series last season with a 60-56 win on the road. The squads have faced off every year since Cincinnati joined the BIG EAST in 2006.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind a trio of double-digit scorers, Cincinnati picked up a 59-50 BIG EAST win over Pittsburgh on the road Wednesday night. Junior Dayeesha Hollins had 17 points with 5-of-11 shooting. She was 7-of-8 from the free throw line and added three steals and two assists. Freshman Alexis Durley added 10 points, shooting 3-of-8 from the floor. She also had six rebounds, three steals and went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS: Providence fell to Seton Hall 72-56 on the road on Feb. 20. The Friars have lost 10 of their last 12 contests, with both wins coming in overtime fashion against RV/25 Villanova and Pittsburgh.
Providence features two players averaging double-digits and one just shy of the total. Symone Roberts leads the team with 14.4 points while Tori Rule paces 13.8 points. Brianna Edwards adds 9.9 points per game. No one on the Povidence squad shoots better than 30 percent from three-point land. Rule averages 1.5 made three per game and shots 24.8 percent from long range.
Edwards leads the squad in rebounding at 7.6 while Alexis Harris pulls down 5.7 boards per game. Roberts leads the team in both assists (4.7) and steals (3.4).