Women's Basketball Travels to UCF Saturday
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Feb. 21, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will square off with UCF for the second time this season Saturday afternoon in Orlando, Fla.   

THE SERIES: The second meeting this season with UCF is also the second ever after the Bearcats picked up a 47-37 victory at home last month.   

LAST TIME OUT:

  • Cincinnati suffered a 62-43 loss to USF Wednesday evening inside Fifth Third Arena.
  • After Cincinnati scored the first basket of the game, USF scored the next 10 points over a three minute and seven second span to take a 10-2 lead.
  • USF put together another first-half run over the final six minutes of the half, outscoring UC 11-2 to take a 31-16 lead at the break.
  • USF shot 46 percent in the first half compared to 24 percent for UC.
  • USF’s 47-28 final advantage in rebounding represented the largest deficit for the Bearcats this season. The Bulls entered the contest with a 7.8 rebounding margin advantage over opponents.
  • Cincinnati limited their 23rd opponent below their season scoring average holding the Bulls to 62 points after entering the contest averaging 67.1 ppg.
  • The Bulls made 14 trips to the free throw line, scoring 11 points. Conversely, Cincinnati added just three points on four attempts from the charity stripe.
  • Cincinnati was outscored 19-7 on fast-break points and 19-0 in bench points.
  • Alyesha Lovett finished with 20 points, accounting for her 13th double-digit scoring effort of the season and the 20th of her career.
  • After scoring 20 points for the first time in her career Saturday against Temple, Lovett repeated the feat Wednesday with another 20-point effort.
  • Jeanise Randolph reached double-digits in scoring for the 15th time this season and the 29th time in her career with 11 points.
  • Jasmine Whitfield went 2-7 from three point range during the contest, marking the fifth time in the last six games the sophomore has knocked down at least one three.
  • Kayla Cook played 25 minutes in the contest, giving her 3,652 for her UC career. The senior now trails Elaine Burke (1991-94) by 28 minutes for fifth place on the all-time minutes played list.
  • Chelsea Jamison finished with six rebounds tying her season-high effort. The junior also had a career-high two blocks.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS: 
  • The Knights enter Saturday’s contest with a 10-16 overall record and a 3-12 mark in conference play.
  • UCF opened the season 7-1 before suffering a stretch that saw them drop 10 out of 11.
  • The Knights’ conference wins have come against Houston twice and SMU once.
  • Zykira Lewis and Sara Djassi lead the Knights in scoring at 11.8 and 11.3 points per game respectively.
  • The Knights have been without leading scorer Briahanna Jackson for 12 games after the reigning Conference USA freshman of the year left the team due to personal reasons. UCF has gone 2-10 since her departure.
  • Brittni Montgomery leads the team in rebounding at 8.3 per game.
  • Andrea Hines and Sara Djassi both average over two assists per game at 2.8 and 2.3 per game.
  • Djassi is also the best free throw shooter on the team at 73 percent.
STORYLINES
  • Jeanise Randolph earned a pair of weekly honors for the second time this season. The senior forward earned both American Athletic Conference and College Sports Madness Player of the Week honors after averaging 18.5 points and 10 rebounds during two UC wins last week. She previously earned both awards following a double-double against Ohio State.
  • Kayla Cook currently ranks sixth on UC’s all-time three-pointers made list with 142 and trails Madinah Slaise for fifth place (146) by four. Cook is also sixth on the all-time minutes played list with 3,652. She trails Elaine Blake (3,680) in fifth place by 28 minutes.
  • During conference play Cincinnati ranks third in scoring defense (59.1) fourth in field-goal percentage defense (39.5) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (27.3). Eight conference opponents have been held to 41 percent shooting or lower. Only four opponents have shot better than 27 percent from three-point range.
  • Cincinnati has used 11 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’s 29 blocks this season rank her 10th on the single-season list. With eight more blocks Randolph could move as high as third on the list.
  • Since losing leading-scorer Dayeesha Hollins for the season due to a knee injury, Jasmine Whitfield has stepped up her production averaging 7.6 points per game, a improvement of 4.8 ppg. Whitfield has totaled eight of her 16 assists and six of her 15 steals in the last two games.
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 13.5 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 14 opponents to double-digits below their scoring average, including nine in conference play.
  • Jeanise Randolph is making her mark in conference play, ranking first in rebounding (9.4), sixth in blocks (1.5), 14th in steals (1.4) and 16th in scoring (11.0). She ranks first in the league in defensive rebounding (6.8). Randolph has five double-doubles in conference play.
  • Cincinnati is currently ranked third in the conference and 30th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 58.4 points per game.