Dec. 3, 2013
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 7 p.m.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team returns home from the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up to host Morehead State in a non-conference game that tips off inside Fifth Third Arena at 7 p.m.
THE SERIES: After evening up the season series 8-8 last year, Cincinnati will look to grab an edge with the Eagles on Wednesday. UC picked up a 55-45 win last season in the first meeting between the two schools since the 1996-97 season.
LAST TIME OUT:
- Cincinnati finished as the runner up of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up following a 1-1 weekend. The Bearcats defeated Charlotte 71-64 before falling to Fordham 56-40.
- Cincinnati scored a season-high 71 points against Charlotte before scoring a season-low 40 points against Fordham the following day.
- During the win over Charlotte, UC was led by a trio of double-digit scorers including Jeanise Randolph who tied a career-high with 20 points. The senior also picked up her second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.
- Alyesha Lovett also set several season=high marks during the contest in points (14), rebounds (6) and assists (3)
- Hollins was the final double-digit scorer with 12 points off the bench.
- Cincinnati’s 41.0 shooting percentage was also a season high.
- UC out-rebounded the Niners 47-36, a season high total for the Bearcats and the third time this season UC held at least a +9 edge on the boards.
- Cincinnati suffered a 56-40 loss in the championship game behind a career-high 27 points from the Rams’ Erin Rooney. The total is the highest for a single player against UC this season.
- Fordham became the first team this season to out-rebound UC by more than four. Previously UC had been out-rebounded just twice by margins of two and four.
- Kayla Cook led the Bearcats in scoring during the contest with nine points. Her three treys were a season high for the senior.
- Cincinnati got to the line just four times during the contest while Fordham made 10 trips to the free throw line. All ten attempts came from the same player, Rooney, who netted seven tries.
- The contest was the first this season in which at least one Bearcat failed to reach double-digit points.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES:
- The Eagles enter the contest touting a 4-5 record, having dropped three-straight contests.
- The three-game skid includes losses to Duquesne (83-35), Cleveland State (76-67) and Western Kentucky (65-52)
- Morehead State has used four different starting lineup combinations in its first nine games. Two of the combos have been used three times.
- Terrice Robinson leads the team in scoring at 20.6 points per game while Almesha Jones also paces double-digits at 11.3 ppg.
- Overall Morehead features three players averaging at least eight ppg, but only one other player averages more than 2.9 ppg.
- Senior Guard Almesha Jones leads the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.
- Terrice Robinson has made 62 free throws this season, which leads the Ohio Valley Conference. She enters the game with 10 consecutive free throw makes.
- Morehead State averages 8.9 steals per game.
- Almesha Jones will make a return to her hometown of Cincinnati. The junior attended Hughes High School.
- Sophomore Alexis Durley saw her consecutive free throw streak come to an end against Charlotte on Nov. 30 following 21 straight makes over the course of five games. Durley currently ranks 24th nationally in free throw percentage, shooting 91.7 percent.
- Senior Jeanise Randolph earned the first conference honor roll accolade of her career following her performance at the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up. Randolph averaged 14 points and 8.5 rebounds during the two-game event. Randolph recorded her second double-double of the season with 20 pts and 11 rbds against Charlotte.
- Through the first six games of the season, the Bearcats bench is averaging 21.6 points per game. The pace nearly doubles the 11.3 ppg the bench averaged during last season. In three games this season UC’s leading scorer has come off the bench. Just once has the bench failed to contribute double digits.
- 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.
- Cincinnati is currently ranked third in the American Athletic Conference in free throw percentage at 72.6 percent. Three times this season UC has scored more than 18 points from the free throw line and twice shot better than 80 percent.