Bearcats Face Third-Straight In-State Rival in Akron Tuesday
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Tuesday, Dec. 17 | 7 p.m.

Fifth Third Arena | Cincinnati, Ohio

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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will face their third straight in-state opponent when taking on Akron Tuesday night inside Fifth Third Arena.

THE SERIES: Cincinnati leads the all-time series 6-2 with Akron picking up their second win against Cincinnati last season by a 67-54 score. That meeting was the first between the two schools since the 1993 season.  

LAST TIME OUT:

  • The Bearcats earned a 64-49 win over in-state rival Ohio State Sunday afternoon.
  • Cincinnati closed out the first half on a 7-0 run over the last two minutes. Randolph and Hill each hit a pair of free throws while Lovett nailed a three with 14 seconds remaining.
  • The run was almost 9-0 as a last-second lay-up from Lovett was reviewed and determined no good. The shot came after Durley's steal with just five seconds left in the half.
  • The second half was marked by back-and forth scoring as UC slowly pulled away from the Buckeyes. The Bearcats outscored Ohio State 7-2 over the final 1:06 of the contest, going 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
  • The 49 points scored by the Buckeyes tie a season-low effort. Ohio State was also limited to 49 points by Georgia and UConn.
  • The Cincinnati bench out-scored Ohio State's 14-0.
  • The Bearcats out-rebounded an opponent by at least nine rebounds for the fourth time this season with a 45-35 advantage over Ohio State.
  • UC was 17-of-21 from the free throw line, marking the fifth time this season the Bearcats have totaled 17 points from the charity stripe. It is also the fifth time this season UC has shot at least 80% from the free throw line.
  • Jeanise Randolph recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Shelbi Chandler recorded two blocks in the contest, a career-best total.
  • Alyesha Lovett's 16 points are a season-high total for the junior and one shy of her career high. Lovett's seven rebounds are also a season-high.
  • Hollins reached double-digits in scoring for the seventh time this season and 80th of her career.
  • Dayeesha Hollins led the team i n scoring with 17 points.
SCOUTING THE ZIPS:
  • Akron enters the contest with a 4-4 overall record, including a 1-3 record on the road.
  • The zips won two straight but have dropped four of their last six including a pair of games at the Cal Poly Classic against UC Davis and host Cal Poly.
  • Tuesday's game will end a 10-day break for the Zips as they last hit the court Saturday, December 7 against George Mason. Akron won 88-70.
  • Carly Young was named MAC East Player of the Week after her performance against the Patriots where she totaled her third double-double of the season (26 pts, 12 rbds). Akron has been honored with a weekly award four out of five weeks.
  • Akron is averaging over 20 points more per game than Cincinnati (83.5 to 62.1). The Bearcats are holding opponents to 59.9 ppg, but the Zips have scored less than 70 points only once in their first eight outings.
  • Akron's Rachel Tecca ranks fourth nationally in scoring (26.4 ppg) and Hanna Luburgh is currently ninth (24.4 ppg). Tecca is reigning MAC Player of the Year.
  • Tecca and Luburgh each also pace 9.0 rebounds per game. 
STORYLINES
  • Senior Dayeesha Hollins is just seven points away from becoming the 25th player in UC history to record 1,000 points at Cincinnati. She would become just the third player in UC history to record 1,000 points in just a three-year career as she played her freshman season at Michigan.
  • Tuesday's matchup with Akron will be the third straight in-state opponent for the Bearcats after taking on Youngstown State and Ohio State. Overall this season, UC is 3-0 against the state of Ohio also picking up a win over Kent State.
  • Bianca Quisenberry was named American Rookie of the week on Dec. 9, 2013 after nearly recording a triple-double against Youngstown State. The true freshman had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists against the Penguins. It was the first freshman award for UC since Kayla Cook garnered the honor on March 1, 2009.
  • Cincinnati currently ranks 20th nationally in free throw percentage at 75.7 percent and 38th in scoring defense allowing just 58.2 points per game. The free throw percentage ranks first in the conference.
  • Alexis Durley currently leads the conference and ranks 37th nationally in free throw percentage at 89.3 percent. Earlier this season the sophomore put together a streak of 21-straight makes from the charity stripe over the course of five games.
  • The Bearcats first-half offensive against Morehead State set season highs in both points scored (47) and field goal percentage (56.0%). The 47 points scored in the first half, tie the most for UC under Elliott since her debut game as the head coach when UC scored 47 in the opening half against Furman.
  • Senior Jeanise Randolph earned the first weekly conference award for the Bearcats since the 2007-08 season when she was named American Player of the Week on Dec. 16, 2013. The senior recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds during a 64-49 win over Ohio State. Randolph was also named to the honor roll once this season (Dec. 9, 2013)
  • Through the first seven games of the season, the Bearcats bench is averaging 19.8 points per game. The pace nearly doubles the 11.3 ppg the bench averaged during last season. In four games this season UC's leading scorer has come off the bench and just twice 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 performance was 12-of-12 by Cheryl Cook on Nov. 22, 1983. She also had a career high 18 points in the game.