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March 6, 2014

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will participate in the first-every American Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend. The Bearcats will open up tournament action taking on UCF Friday at 6 p.m. Cincinnati represents the No. 8 seed while UCF is the No. 9 seed.   

THE SERIES: Cincinnati owns the overall series thanks to a pair of wins this season. The Bearcats’ two victories over UCF this season marked the first two between the two schools. 

LAST TIME OUT:

  • The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team was unable to hold on to a first-half lead Monday night in Memphis, suffering a 53-47 loss in the regular-season finale.
  • Cincinnati led by five with just under eight minutes to play but the Tigers used a 16-5 scoring advantage in the final minutes to earn the come-from-behind win. UC led 37-32 with 7:55 on the clock before a 7-2 Memphis spurt tied the contest for the first time since the 18:34 mark of the first half.
  • After the two traded buckets, Cincinnati missed their next four shots, with their only point coming from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Memphis went 5-of-6 from the free throw line and added a jumper to account for the six-point victory.
  • The Bearcats led by as many as 10 in the contest, holding a 25-15 lead with 2:47 left in the first half. However, the Tigers out-scored Cincinnati 6-0 in the final minutes including a steal and score from Ariel Hearn as time expired to cut the deficit to 25-21 at the break.
  • Cincinnati was led in scoring by Alyesha Lovett who netted 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. The junior also pulled down three rebounds and dished out three assists.
  • Jeanise Randolph finished just shy of her 11th double-double of the season recording nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The senior was 4-of-6 from the field to go along with one steal and one block.
  • Jasmine Whitfield added nine points and six rebounds. The sophomore tied her career high with four assists and also had a team-best two steals.
  • Memphis was led in the win by Ariel Hearn who totaled 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Hearn, along with teammate Asianna Fuqua-Bey each pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
  • Overall, Memphis narrowly out-shot Cincinnati 37.8 percent to 36.2 percent and rebounds were even at 32. However, the Tigers were able to total 20 points off 18 Cincinnati turnovers, with 14 of those points coming in the second half. Cincinnati turned it over 11 times in the final 20 minutes.

SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS: 
  • The Knights ended the 2013-14 regular season with a 10-19 overall record and a 3-15 mark in conference play. UCF is the ninth seed in the tournament.
  • UCF dropped their last five contests to close out the regular season including one of those at home to the Bearcats.
  • Cincinnati swept the regular season series by scores of 47-37 and 50-49, accounting for the first two meetings between the two schools. UC’s second win came down to the final seconds as Alyesha Lovett’s lay-up with less than second clinched UC’s win.
  • Freshman Zykira Lewis is leading the squad in scoring (12.5) after previous leading scorer Briahanna Jackson left the team five games into the conference season.
  • Sara Djassi paces double-digits at 11 points per game. Brittni Montgomery leads the team in rebounding at 8.6 while Erika Jones is close behind at 7.3 boards per contest.
  • Andrea Hines leads the team in assists at 2.9 per game.
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 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 147, tying Madinah Slaise during the loss to Louisville Saturday. Cook is also fourth on the all-time minutes played list with 3,750. She trails Keely Feeman (3,940) in fifth place by 190 minutes.
  • During conference play Cincinnati ranks third in scoring defense (59.1), fourth in field-goal percentage defense (39.5) and fifth in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (29.4). Nine 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 7.5 points per game, a improvement of 4.7 ppg.
  • The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 13.0 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 15 opponents to double-digits below their scoring average, including 10 in conference play.
  • Jeanise Randolph is making her mark in conference play, ranking second in rebounding (9.3), sixth in blocks (1.3), 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.

 

 

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