Nov. 20, 2013
Thursday, Nov. 21 | 7:00 p.m.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will face off with their first nationally-ranked opponent Thursday evening against #22/16 Iowa State inside Fifth Third Arena.
THE SERIES: This is the first meeting between Cincinnati and Iowa State.
PROMOTIONS: Fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to the game to support the Freestore Food Bank this holiday season. Fans that donate a canned food item will receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket to a home women’s basketball game in December. Home basketball games include: Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Morehead State; Sunday December 15 at 2 p.m vs. Ohio State; Tuesday December 17 at 7 p.m vs. Akron. One voucher per canned food item donated.
LAST TIME OUT:
- Cincinnati limited Kent State to just 17 second-half points as UC raced to a 65-46 non-conference win over Kent State
- The Bearcats went on a 22-5 run during the second-half to take a commanding 54-34 lead.
- UC recorded its highest free-throw percentage of the season with an 81.3 percent clip, going 26-of-32 from the line.
- UC outrebounded the Golden Flashes 42-33, the second straight game with an at least nine-rebound edge.
- Alexis Durley set a new career high with 18 points, 14 of which came from the free throw line. Her 14-of-14 performance from the line set a new school record for free throw percentage.
- UC's bench added 26 points during the win.
- Jeanise Randolph moved into seventh place on UC's all-time blocks list after recording three blocks against Kent State. The senior has 55 in her career, passing Lisa Antil and Asa Odeus.
SCOUTING THE CYCLONES:
- Iowa State enters the contest ranked 22nd in the latest AP poll and 16th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
- The Cyclones are 2-0 through the early goings of the season picking up wins against North Dakota and South Dakota. THey also picked up exhibition wins over Wayne State and Carthage.
- Senior forward Hallie Christofferson is averaging a double-double with 28.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. Each averages are tops in the BIG12.
- Three others are averaging double-digit points with Moody (15.0), Williamson (10.0) and Blaskowsky (10.5) the others.
- Iowa State is averaging just 9.0 turnovers per game this season. The Cyclones turned the ball over just once during the second half against South Dakota.
- Iowa State has outscored opponents by an average of 22.5 points, shooting 44.7 percent from the field.
- The Cyclones have hit at least five threes in 49 of the last 53 games.
- Through the first three games of the season, the Bearcats bench is averaging 28.6 points per game. The pace more than doubles the 11.3 ppg the bench averaged during last season. In fact, in all three games the leading scorer for the Bearcats has come off the bench.
- The Bearcats have outrebounded the last two opponents by an average of 11 rebounds. UC held a 43-30 edge against Florida State and a 42-33 advantage over Kent State
- Sophomore Alexis Durley set a new school record for free-throw percentage, going 14-of-14 against Kent State on November 17, 2013. The previous best performances was 12-of-12 by Cheryl Cook on Nov. 22, 1983. She also had a career high 18 points in the game.
- Freshman Marley Hill started her UC career off on a strong note, tallying a team-high 16 points and six rebounds during her collegiate debut against Northern Kentucky. The freshman saw 25 minutes of action after Jeanise Randolph faced foul trouble early in the contest.
- Cincinnati was selected to finish seventh in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference. Senior Dayeesha Hollins was a preseason All-Conference selection.
- 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).