Bearcats Travel To Tennessee Tech|
Dec. 28, 2007
The University of Cincinnati hits the road to take on Tennessee Tech in its final game of 2007. The 4 p.m. (Eastern) matchup at the Eblen Center is on Saturday, Dec. 29 and gives the Bearcats a chance to bounce back from a 66-59 loss to Indiana nine days prior (Dec. 20).
Four UC players are averaging double figures, led by junior forward Kahla Roudebush's 16.5 points a game. Jill Stephens pulls down a team-high 11.5 rebounds a game. Stephens became the first Cincinnati women's basketball player to be named the BIG EAST Player of the Week after averaging 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds a game for the week ending Dec. 17.
Cincinnati struggled against Indiana on Dec. 20, turning the ball over 21 times and giving up 29 points from turnovers. The Bearcats were outscored 22-8 from points off the bench but outrebounded the Hoosiers 39-37. It was only the second time this season that UC outrebounded its opponent and lost. Cincinnati landed six three pointers but managed only three points from the charity stripe (on six attempts), tying a season low.
Through the third week of statistical National Rankings by the NCAA (Dec. 16, 2007), the Bearcats were ranked in the Top-10 in four categories. UC ranked second in the country in personal fouls per game (12.7), 10th in free throw percentage as a team (77.8%), 10th in three-point field goals per game (7.8), and Jill Stephens ranked seventh in the country with her rebounding average (11.3 at that time).
The Bearcats will begin BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 5 with a 2 p.m. game at Seton Hall. UC is tied 1-1 all-time against the Pirates.
LAST TIME OUT:
Kahla Roudebush scored 19 points and Jill Stephens added 13 points for UC but visiting Indiana capitalized on a season-high 21 turnovers by the Bearcats and won, 66-59. The victory for IU snapped a seven game win streak at home for UC.
The two teams stayed close initially before the Bearcats went on a 13-0 run to take a 12 point lead, 20-8, at the 10:08 mark of the first half. The Hoosiers reacted with a 19-4 run to close out the half and took a 27-24 lead into the locker room.
Indiana opened the second half with a 19-4 run to push its lead to 12, 43-31 with 14:17 to play. UC went on a 11-0 run to pull within one, 43-42, with 10:36 left in the half. The Hoosiers tacked on a quick eight points to grab a 51-42 lead with 7:42 remaining. Indiana's Kim Roberson got a technical foul with 6:05 left in the game and Roudebush connected on both free throws, but Indiana was not phased and went up 12, 62-50, with 2:59 to play and held off the Bearcats for a 66-59 victory. UC outrebounded Indiana, 39-37, but gave up 29 points off of turnovers for the game.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH: The Golden Eagles are 1-10 overall, currently on a 10-game losing skid after winning their season opener against Memphis. TTU played last on Friday, Dec. 21 against Southern Illinois, losing 87-69. Head coach Amy Brown is in her second season at the helm of the Golden Eagles and her 11th with the program. She is 14-37 overall in her two seasons as head coach. Senior center Kristina Tyler leads the team in scoring and rebounding, with 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.
BIG FIRST IN THE BIG EAST: Junior forward Jill Stephens earned the BIG EAST Player of the Week award for the week ending Dec. 17. Stephens is the first UC player to be named the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Player of the Week since the Bearcats joined the league in 2005-06. Stephens led Cincinnati in scoring and rebounding in home victories over Wright State (73-66) on Dec. 11 and Youngstown State (79-56) on Dec. 15. Stephens played the entire game against Wright State, the fourth time she has been called on to do so this season, and scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She scored a game-high 27 points and notched her fourth double-double of the season with 14 rebounds against Youngstown State. She finished the game with career highs in points (27), field goals (11), field goal attempts (19), 3-point field goals made and attempted (5-of-6) and assists (4).
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. 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).
SUPER STEPHENS: Junior forward Jill Stephens was ranked seventh in the country with 11.3 rebounds a game through Dec. 16, 2007. Stephens has recorded five double-doubles this season and currently leads the team in rebounding with a 11.1 boards a game. She is second on the team with 16.1 points a game and her 22 rebounds against McNeese State was the second best rebounding performance in the country through Dec. 16 (tied with Courtney Paris of Oklahoma).
BENSON BRINGS IT: Freshman guard Tenishia Benson has made significant contributions for UC, earning her first start against Valparaiso and scoring a game-high 25 points. She snapped Valerie King's streak of 21 free throws made in 2002-03 by landing her first 27 attempts over the first six games of the season. Benson finished the McNeese State game with her first double-double of the year, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and at Dayton she recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. She scored 11 points, seven in the last two minutes, in the win at Xavier. Benson scored 15 points and started a new streak at the free throw line, connecting on 5-of-5 against Wright State. Against Central Michigan Benson put together a balanced game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the year.
FROM DOWNTOWN: The Bearcats have landed 87 three pointers this year and average 7.9 treys a game. With 17 regular season games left in 2007-08, if UC maintains its current average per game it will finish easily within the top-5 in the school record book for three-pointers made in a season. The Bearcats' three pointer average per game is the10th highest in the nation (games through Dec. 16).
HELPING HAND: Cincinnati handed out a season-high 21 assists in the victory over Youngstown State. UC's 21 helpers were the most since the last game of the 2006-07 season against Pittsburgh (March 3, 2007). The Bearcats had only 11 turnovers for the game against the Chippewas, the lowest since recording seven against Syracuse on Feb. 26, 2007.
WINDOW WIPERS: The Bearcats will focus heavily on rebounding this year and are off to a good start, outrebounding opponents, 493-367. UC grabbed 60 rebounds against McNeese State, the third highest rebounding performance in school history, and followed it up with a 54-rebound game against Presbyterian. In games through Dec. 16, UC's 11.7 rebounding average was 11th in the nation.
FINE AT THE LINE: The Bearcats have connected on 137-of-181 attempts for a .757 percentage at the charity stripe. 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. 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. UC hit 15-of-18 at the line against YSU, shooting 83.3% as a team.
PF PER GAME: Cincinnati's personal fouls per game average is 12.5. In games through Dec. 16, UC had the second best personal fouls per game average in the nation. The Bearcats have only had someone foul out of a game four times this season and have committed only 138 fouls so far as a team. Through the first 11 games last season, UC had 194 fouls as a team.
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 11 games, committing only 14.5 turnovers a game.
LAST TIME AGAINST TTU: Last year UC defeated Tennessee Tech, 86-70. This year, only one starter from last season's game will suit up against the Golden Eagles (Angel Morgan) and 63 of the 86 points UC scored last year will not be on the court Saturday.