Women's Basketball Hosts Youngstown State Wednesday Evening|
Dec. 4, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team (4-2) continues its five-game homestand Wednesday evening hosting Youngstown State (6-1). The contest is set to tip off at Fifth Third Arena at 7 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Wednesday's contest will be the fifth-ever meeting between the two programs, but the first under the current head coaches. The two squads haven't faced off since the 2006 season and prior to that, hadn't played each other since the 1980's. UC holds a 4-0 all-time record against the Penguins.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats suffered a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to rival Xavier in the Skyline Chili Women's Crosstown Classic. UC led by nine points (50-71) will 3:44 to play, but couldn't hold onto the lead during the final minutes of regulation as the Musketeers out-scored the Bearcats 12-3 to force overtime.
Both Dayeesha Hollins (25 pts., 14 rbds.) and Tiffany Turner (14 rbds., 11 pts.) recorded double-doubles in the contest marking the first time two Bearcats have achieved the feat in the same game since Nov. 21, 2007 (Jill Stephens & Tenishia Benson). Hollins' 14 rebounds set a new career-best mark while Turner's 14 boards tied her career-best total.
UC held Xavier scoreless during stretches of 7:12 and 5:23 during the first half, making it two-straight games the Bearcats have kept an opponent off the scoreboard for six minutes or longer. Morehead State went 6:28 without points prior to the Xavier game.
SCOUTING THE PENGUINS: Just seven games into the season and Youngstown State (6-1) is already closing in on their win total from all of last season. The Penguins finished the 2011-12 season with a 10-20 mark.
A high-powered offense averaging 67.6 points per contest, the Penguins feature four players scoring double figures. Brandi Brown leads the way at 20.4 points while Heidi Schlegel paces 13. Freshman point guard Shar'Rea Davis has made a splash in her first collegiate season, earning Horizon League Newcomer of the Week Honors twice this season. She leads the conference in assists (5.3).
UC and YSU have a common opponent this season in Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati defeated the Norse 49-31 while the Penguins suffered a 66-64 setback.