Cincinnati Squares off with Seton Hall in Opening Round of BIG EAST Tournament|
March 7, 2013
CINCINNATI – The 13th-seeded University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will face off with 12th-seeded Seton Hall in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m. The winner will move on to face St. John’s in the second round, Saturday, March 9 at 12 noon.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Bearcats are 2-6 all time in the BIG EAST Tournament, making their eighth appearance in 2013. In 2008-09, the 16th-seeded Bearcats snapped a 12-game season-ending losing streak with a first-round win against Marquette and became just the second No. 16 seed to win in any postseason tournament (men’s or women’s).
SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s meeting will be the second between the Bearcats and the Pirates this season, after Seton Hall picked up a 64-56 in Cincinnati. The win for Seton Hall evened the all-time series at four wins each. The road team has had its way the last four meetings, however the two squads have never met on a neutral court. It marks the first ever meeting between UC and SHU in the BIG EAST Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats finished off the 2012-13 regular season with a 72-58 road loss to Marquette. In the contest, junior Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) set a career-best scoring mark with 29 points. Her 11-of-21 shooting performance also set career-high totals in both makes and attempts. Over the last four games, Hollins is averaging 20 points, scoring at least 17 in each contest.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES: Seton Hall wrapped up their regular season two days prior to the rest of the BIG EAST, defeating St. John’s 60-51 on Saturday, March 2. The five conference wins for the Pirates are the most since going 9-7 during the 2006-07 season. In the victory over the Red Storm, Brittany Morris finished with five threes, shooting 10-of-22 from the field.
Morris leads the team in scoring this season at 13.6 points per contest. Ka-Deidre Simmons is second at 11.4 points. After the duo, no Seton Hall player averages more than 5.6 points. Simmons leads the team in both assists (3.9) and steals (2.0) while Morris ranks 55th nationally in three-point field goals per game (2.4).
REGULAR SEASON REPLAY: Seton Hall picked up the win over UC during the regular-season meeting by a 64-56 score back on Jan. 9 in Cincinnati. The Pirates were led by Simmons, who scored a team-high 18 points to go along with three assists and seven rebounds. Hollins totaled 23 points to lead UC after catching fire from long range, going 6-of-9 in the game.