Cincinnati Heads To Dayton For First Road Game

Nov. 28, 2007

Story lines

• The University of Cincinnati plays its first road game of the 2007-08 season, taking on the Dayton Flyers in a 7 p.m. game at the University of Dayton Arena on Thursday, Nov. 29. The Bearcats, currently riding a four-game win streak, are 8-28 all-time in road openers and 1-1 in road openers against Dayton.

• Four UC players are averaging double figures, led by redshirt-sophomore Kahla Roudebush's 17.8 points a game. Junior forward Jill Stephens averages a BIG EAST-high 12.8 rebounds game and her 38.6 minutes a game leads the league as well.

• Freshman guard Tenishia Benson is a perfect 23-of-23 from the free throw line this season and leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage. No other player in the nation has made more than 20 free throws and has a perfect free throw percentage. Benson's streak of 23 made free throws tops UC's Valerie King's streak of 21 made free throws set during the 2002-03 season.

• Cincinnati has played the Dayton Flyers 44 times over the last 37 years, one of top five longest rivalries in UC history. The UC-UD series began during UC's first season of play in 1971-72. The Bearcats have won the last seven games against the Flyers, and lead the series, 23-21.

• The Bearcats will play at Xavier in the Skyline Chili Women's Crosstown Shootout Presented by Cintas on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m.

Jill Stephens played 40 minutes and recorded her third straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Cincinnati to an 80-47 win over Presbyterian College. The win marked the second time UC held its opponent under 50 points (last time two opponents scored under 50 points in back-to-back games was Dec. 18, 2004 vs. Loyola Maymount, 73-41, and Dec. 21, 2004 vs. Middle Tennessee State, 55-45) and fourth consecutive win on the season.



Kahla Roudebush scored a game-high 20 points while Kristi Brogan scored 15 and Carla Jacobs added 13 points. Jacobs was 3-of-3 at the free throw line and dished out three assists. Brogan notched career-highs in points, three pointers (3), and rebounds (4).

• UC outrebounded the Blue Hose, 54-30, and has won each of the games it has outrebounded its opponents. The Bearcats scored 20 points off of turnovers and scored 15 second-chance points to Presbyterian's zero.

Tenishia Benson continued her perfect streak at the free throw line and scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds for the game. Benson extended her active streak of free throws made to 23.

Natasha Graboski pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and handed out four assists and swatted two shots before fouling out of the game.

ABOUT DAYTON: The University of Dayton is playing its first home game of the 2007-08 season and are currently 4-2 overall. UD has won its last four games, including two back-to-back one point victories. The Flyers won, 68-67, at San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 25. Senior guard Brittany Holterman is UD's leading scorer this season (12.2 ppg) and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in steals (15), helping the Flyers average 9.2 steals a game (to UC's 4.4). Sophomore Kelly Keil, a 6-4 center, is the team's top rebounder with 6.3 boards a game and has a team-high 11 blocks this season. On paper, Dayton is a second half team, scoring 28 more points in the final half than in the first. Senior guard Karah Cloxton is the team's quarterback, dishing out an average of 4.8 assists a game.

BLOCK THAT SHOT: In the last two games UC has blocked 12 shots (8 against McNeese State), more than the Bearcats recorded in the last 13 games of the season combined last year. UC is averaging 3.2 blocks a game, up 2.1 a game from last season.

TIP IT GOOD: Natasha Graboski, a 6-3 sophomore center, has won the last four jumpball tips and won the overtime tip in the Duquesne game. Graboski is one of the team's tougher players, fouling out of the Duquesne and Presbyterian games and recording a team-high 17 fouls this season. The center has the third-highest assists on the team with 12.

BIG EAST HONOR ROLL: Junior forward Jill Stephens was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week ending Nov. 26, as announced by the league office. Stephens started both the McNeese State and Duquesne games, averaging 14.0 ppg, 17.0 rpg, and shooting 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Stephens pulled down 22 rebounds -- 14 of them offensive -- in the McNeese State game, earning third place in the UC record books for total rebounds in a game and tying a Fifth Third Arena record with 14 offensive boards. She recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Duquesne

BENSON BRINGS IT: Freshman guard Tenishia Benson was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the week ending Nov. 18, as announced by the league office. Benson earned her first start against Valparaiso and showed no rookie jitters. She finished the game with a game-high 25 points and was perfect from the free throw line (11-11). Additionally, Benson started the second half against Michigan and finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds. The last UC freshman to lead the team in scoring in her first collegiate start was Shelly Bellman (15 points in 74-39 victory over St. Francis on Nov. 19, 2005). Benson continued her hot start with a 15 point, nine rebound performance against Duquesne, landing 9-of-9 free throws. Against McNeese State she was 2-for-2 at the line and she landed one of one attempt against Presbyterian, increasing her streak to 23-for-23 at the free throw line so far this season. No other player in the nation has made more than 20 free throws and has a perfect free throw percentage. Benson finished the McNeese State game with her first double-double of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

ON THE DEFENSIVE: The Bearcats will focus on defense and rebounding this year and are off to a good start in both categories, allowing opponents 59.4 points a game and outrebounding opponents, 249-153. UC grabbed 60 rebounds against McNeese State, the third highest rebounding performance in school history, and followed it up with a 54 rebounding game against Presbyterian. Currently Cincinnati leads the BIG EAST with a +19.6 rebounding margin.

FINE AT THE LINE: In exhibition this season, the Bearcats were 19-for-32 (59.4%) from the charity stripe and during the first three games of the season, UC is shooting 78.6 at the line. Freshman Tenishia Benson was an outstanding 11-for-11 from the line in the win over Valparaiso and followed up that performance by going 9-for-9 against Duquesne. Benson has not missed at the charity stripe, hitting 23 consecutive free throws and snapping the streak of 21 set by Valerie King in the 2002-03 season. The Bearcats did not miss at the line against McNeese State, going 10-for-10 as a team and tying the school record of 100% from the free throw line. The 2003-04 team was perfect from the line twice in 2003, landing 11-for-11 against Indiana State and going 14-for-14 against Loyola Marymount. The Bearcats lead the BIG EAST in free throw percentage, connecting on 68-of-84 attempts for a .810 percentage at the charity stripe.

PROTECTING THE BALL: After averaging 20.5 turnovers a game in the first two exhibition games, UC has done a much better job protecting the ball over the last six games, committing only 15.0 turnovers a game.