The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will open the 2013-14 season Monday evening with an exhibition game against Southern Polytechnic State University. A member of the NAIA, the Hornets finished last season with a 25-6 record before opening this season over the weekend at the Point University Classic. The Hornets picked up a 66-58 win Friday night to open their season.
The Bearcats enter the 2013-14 season coming off a 12-18 showing last year. UC rattled off wins in four of their last six regular-season contests.
Eight of nine letterwinners will return for the Bearcats this season, losing just one starter in center Lesha Dunn. The former Bearcat contributed 7.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.
The Bearcats return 85.7 percent of their points and 84.8 percent of their rebounds from 2012-13.
The 2013-14 senior class started a total of 80 games last season including Kayla Cook, the only Bearcat to start every contest (30).
This is the first ever meeting between the Bearcats and Hornets.
Four new faces join the roster for 2013-14, all freshmen. Two begin their UC careers after winning player of the year honors as seniors - Marley Hill (Cleveland, Ohio / Africentric) was named Associated Press Ohio Division III Co-Player of the Year while Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh) was named Gatorade Ohio Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Dayeesha Hollins, a two-time All-BIG EAST selection led the team in scoring last season at 15.4 points per game. She reached double digits in scoring 23 times last season and 73 times overall in her career. Hollins surpassed the 20-point mark six times and recorded one double-double.