Cincinnati Travels to Marquette for Regular-Season Finale|
March 3, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team closes out the 2012-13 regular season Monday night at Marquette. The Bearcats come in riding a three-game winning streak, most recently knocking off Rutgers by a 56-48 score. Marquette has won two straight after defeating Georgetown on the road by a 51-48 score.
THE SERIES: Monday’s contest against Marquette will mark the 37th in the history of the series, with the Golden Eagles holding a 22-14 overall edge. However, the Bearcats have won four of the last five, including a 54-52 win earlier this season. Coach Elliott’s four wins against Marquette are the most against any school for the four-year head coach.
LAST TIME OUT: Cincinnati defeated Rutgers for the first time in school history by a 56-48 score. The Bearcats trailed just once in the game, holding a 27-21 lead at the half. The win marked the third straight for UC, limiting all opponents during the span to 50 points or fewer.
Three Bearcats reached double-digits in scoring for the third straight game. Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) led the way with 17 points while Lesha Dunn (Toronto, Canada/Trinity Valley CC) and Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) contributed 14 and 11 points respectively. Sixteen of Cincinnati’s 54 points came from the charity stripe as the Bearcats reached the line 23 times in the contest.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES: Marquette enters Monday’s regular-season finale having won two straight. The Golden Eagles defeated Providence (81-70) and Georgetown (51-48) in their last two outings. Sophomore Arlesia Morse sank two free-throws in the final ten seconds of play, sealing a 51-48 victory for Marquette at Georgetown. Senior Sarina Simmons led the Golden Eagles with 16 points and a career-best seven steals.
The Golden Eagles are led by junior forward Katherine Plouffe, who leads the team in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and assists (2.9 apg). Arlesia Morse adds 12.3 points per contest while Sarina Simmons contributes 9.5 per game. Simmons also leads the team in steals (1.9) and blocks (1.2).