UC Wraps Regular Season Monday in Memphis
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March 2, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will conclude the 2013-14 regular season Monday evening in Memphis.   

THE SERIES: Saturday’s contest will wrap up the season series between the Bearcats and Tigers with UC earning a 65-49 win earlier this season. Former Conference USA foes, Memphis leads the overall series 30-14.

LAST TIME OUT:

  • The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team suffered a 75-51 defeat at the hands of No. 3/3 Louisville, Saturday on senior day inside Fifth Third Arena.
  • The Bearcats (12-16, 5-12 American Athletic Conference) trailed by eight at the half and pulled it down to six early in the second half, but a 17-7 early second-half run by the Cardinals (28-2, 16-1 American) put things out of reach.
  • UC was in an early nine-point hole after starting out 2-of-10 from the field. Down 14-5 with 13:13 left, UC went on a 16-5 run over 3:24 to take a two-point lead, 21-19, with 9:49 to go. From there, UofL closed the half on an 18-8 run to lead 37-29 at the break.
  • The Bearcats knocked down a layup and jumper in the first two minutes of the half, pulling the deficit down to six at 39-33 with 18:39 to go, but once again the Cardinals had an answer.
  • Over the next 6:32, the Cardinals went on a 17-7 run that moved the lead to double-digits for the first time, going up 56-40 with 11:45 left. During the run, UC missed four shots and turned the ball over four times.
  • UC’s 20 turnovers were converted into 20 points by the visitors and the Cardinals also held a 30-18 advantage on points in the paint and tallied 12 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds.
  • Randolph led all scorers with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her 10th double-double of the season and 14th of her career. She is the first UC player to record 10 or more double-doubles in a season since Jill Stephens accomplished the feat in 2007-08.
  • Alyesha Lovett finished with 15 points, dishing out five assists and pulling down four rebounds.
  • Cook moved into a tie for fifth place on the all-time three-pointers made list with 146 career triples and into fifth place on the career minutes played chart with 3,718 minutes.
  • Tia Gibbs led the Cardinals with 17 points off the bench. Antonita Slaughter scored 14, Asia Taylor had 12 along with eight rebounds while Shoni Schimmel finished with 10.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: 
  • Memphis enters the contest with a 12-17 overall record and a 5-12 conference record that matches UC.
  • Currently both squads are tied for the seventh spot in the conference standings. The winner of Monday’s contest will earn the seventh seed in the upcoming conference tournament while the loser will default to the eighth seed.
  • The Tigers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 55-45 road win against Houston Saturday. Memphis’ last win prior to that came back on Jan. 29 against UCF.
  • Memphis is led in scoring by Ariel Hearn who paces 17.3 points per game, more than double than any other player on the roster.
  • Mooriah Rowser and Asianna Fuqua-Bey are the next offensive threats, each averaging 8.4 points per game.
  • Fuqua-Bey and Pa’Sonna Hope lead the squad in rebounding a 7.5 and 7.0 boards per game respectively.
  • UC won the first season meeting 65-49
STORYLINES
  • Heading into the last game of the season the Bearcats are still looking to firm up their position in the conference standings as the Bearcats can finish either seventh or eighth. A win over Memphis Monday would earn them the seventh seed and face 10th seed Houston in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament. A loss would move them to eighth where they would face No. 9 seed UCF.
  • 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 against Memphis and Temple. She previously earned both awards following a double-double against Ohio State.
  • Kayla Cook currently ranks fifth on UC’s all-time three-pointers made list with 146, tying Madinah Slaise during the loss to Louisville Saturday. Cook is also fourth on the all-time minutes played list with 3,718. She trails Keely Feeman (3,940) in fifth place by 31 minutes.
  • During conference play Cincinnati ranks fourth in scoring defense (59.5), fourth in field-goal percentage defense (39.6) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (27.3). Eight conference opponents have been held to 41 percent shooting or lower. Only five 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 7.9 points per game, a improvement of 5.1 ppg. Whitfield has totaled at least five points in the last eight games and three times has reached double digits.
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 13.1 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.