Women's Basketball Selected to Finish Seventh in American Athletic Conference
Tiffany Turner speaks with the Media Monday

Oct. 14, 2013

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team was selected to finish seventh out of 10 teams in the inaugural women's basketball season for the American Athletic Conference as announced at the league's media day Monday.

In addition to the preseason team poll, the league also announced the preseason all-conference team in which Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) was a selection. The senior was one of 10 student-athletes named to the team. A Preseason Player of the Year (Breanna Stewart, UConn) and Preseason Freshman of the Year (Tyler Scaife, Rutgers) were also named.

Defending National Champion UConn was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Louisville, the national runner up, was chosen to finish second in the vote made by the league's 10 head coaches, who were not permitted to select their own teams. USF was selected third ahead of Rutgers, SMU, Memphis, Cincinnati, UCF, Temple and Houston to round out the poll

Cincinnati finished last season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-12 mark in the BIG EAST. The Bearcats rolled off wins in four of their last six regular-season contests before bowing out of the conference tournament with a first-round loss to Seton Hall.

The Bearcats return nine letterwinners from last season along with the addition of four freshmen. Overall, UC returns 85.7 percent of their points and 84.8 percent of their rebounds from the 2012-13 season. The 2013-14 senior class of Hollins, Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./ Cherokee), Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster) and Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill. / Thornton Fractional North)  started a total of 80 games last season including Cook who was the only Bearcat to start all 30 games.



The preseason poll and all-conference team was announced in conjunction with the American Athletic Conference Media Day hosted by Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Monday, October 14. The site will also play host to the league's championship March 7-10. Home to the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, the 10,000-seat, state-of-the-art Mohegan Sun Arena opened in November of 2002, and is now internationally recognized as a premier facility. The winner of the conference tournament earns an automatic berth the 2014 NCAA Championship.

2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll
1.    Connecticut (9)      
2.    Louisville (1)         
3.    USF                       
4.    Rutgers                 
5.    SMU                      
6.    Memphis               
7.    Cincinnati              
8.    UCF                             
9.    Temple                        
10.   Houston           

Preseason Player of the Year
Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G 

Preseason All-Conference Team
Briahanna Jackson, UCF, So., G
Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Sr., G
Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, Jr., F
Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F
Keena Mays, SMU, Sr., G
Sara Hammond, Louisville, Jr., F
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Sr., G
Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Sr., G
Inga Orekhova, USF, Sr., G

Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention
Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Jr., G/F
Bria Hartley, UConn, Sr., G