Women's Basketball Hosts Friday Afternoon Contest with Belmont|
Dec. 20, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will play its final contest before traveling to the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii when they host visiting Belmont Friday afternoon. The contest will have a special 12 noon tip-off time. Both squads enter the contest coming off losses. UC most recently fell to Akron (67-54) while Belmont suffered a 63-48 setback to Mississippi.
SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest will be just the third meeting between Cincinnati and Belmont. The Bearcats are undefeated against the Bruins, winning the previous two matchups. UC won 87-73 during the 2001 season and 79-68 during the 1999 season.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats were downed by Akron 67-54 thanks to the scoring trio of Rachel Tecca, Sina King and Hanna Luburgh. The three starters combined for 65 of the Zip’s 67 points. Akron raced out to a 15-2 lead in the first five minutes of the contest, eventually holding a 36-19 lead at halftime after putting together an 11-1 run later in the stanza.
The Bearcats put together scoring streaks of 10-0 and 6-0 during the second half and were able to out-score Akron 35-31 during the second half, but fell by the 13-point margin. Making her third consecutive start this season, Alexis Durley netted double-digit points for the third-straight game. Ten of her 12 points came in the second half. She also dished out a career-best four assists.
Tiffany Turner finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. It marked the second time this season she has missed the feat by just one point or rebound. Earlier this season she recorded 11 points and nine rebounds against Ohio State.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS: Belmont (6-5) saw their three-game winning streak snapped with a loss to Mississippi Sunday. The Bruins are averaging 59.6 points per contest this season with Jordan Coleman leading the way at 10.5 ppg. The senior has three double-doubles this season, most recently recording one against Ole Miss with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alyssa Visbeen is second on the team in scoring at 9.4 points per game.
Belmont is averaging more than 15 points per game from behind the three-point line. The Bruins are shooting 34.5 percent from behind the arc and pacing 5.4 three’s per game. The Bruins also rely on scoring from the free throw line, shooting 75.2 percent as a team from the charity stripe. The number places them 29th nationally.
The Bruins are in their first season as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, having previously played in the Atlantic Sun Conference.