Pair of Future Bearcats Earn Player of the Year Honors|
March 29, 2013
CINCINNATI – Two future members of the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team wrapped up their prep careers with prestigious honors. Marley Hill (Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Africentric) and Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio / Tecumseh), each who have signed National Letters of Intent with UC, recently garnered separate player of the year honors.
Hill was named the Associated Press Ohio Division III Co-Player of the Year while Quisenberry was named Gatorade Ohio Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Hill, also an AP Division III All-Ohio first-team selection, averaged 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds during her senior season while leading Columbus Africentric (22-6) to the state title game where the Nubians fell to Anna 67-49. Hill flirted with a triple double in the championship game, finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.
Hill also led Africentric to the title game last season, defeating Anna 70-66 in overtime en route to the Division III state title. She finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the contest. The 6-2 forward was named to the Division III All-Ohio Honorable Mention team after averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior.
Quisenberry was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Ohio Girls Basketball Player of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award. The honor recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court.
Quisenberry joins an elite group of past state girls basketball award winners including, Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 & 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo, Calif.), Maya Moore (2005-06, Collins Hill, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville, N.C.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside, Calif.).
The 5-8 guard averaged 29.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 8.8 steals and 5.9 assists per game as a senior, leading the Arrows (23-2) to the Division I sectional final. A 2012 AP All-Ohio first-team selection, Quisenberry became the first player in school history to surpass 2,000 points with her career total of 2,349 ranking 12th in state history.
Off the court, Quisenberry has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom and is an active member in groups including Students Against Drunk Driving, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life.
Hill and Quisenberry will be joined by Brandey Tarver (Chicago, Ill. / Bogan Computer Technical) and Ashley Nickens (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Henry Ford II) to round out the incoming freshman class for the women’s basketball program.