Bearcats Gear up for Three Games at Rainbow Wahine Invitational|
Dec. 28, 2012
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will face off with three opponents in three days during the Bank of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Invitational. The Bearcats will square off with Alabama, Hawaii and Long Island during the tournament.
SERIES HISTORY: The Bearcats will be facing unfamiliar foes during the tournament, having only one prior meeting with any of the three foes. That opponent is Alabama with the Crimson Tide earning a 100-80 win back on Dec. 6, 1991. It will be the first meeting between Cincinnati and both Hawai'i and LIU-Brooklyn.
LAST TIME OUT: Four different Bearcats reached double digits in scoring as Cincinnati downed Belmont by a 68-54 score. Dayeesha Hollins led all scorers with 19 points while Lesha Dunn finished one shy of her career-high total with 16.
The difference in the contest proved to be a 17-3 first-half run for the Bearcats. During the spree, UC need just 1:51 to post 11 points on the board. Aiding in the run was a 6:34 span that saw Belmont score just two points.
The 68 points scored and the 46.7 percent shooting effort were both season-bests for the Bearcats.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE: Alabama enters with a 7-3 overall record. The Crimson Tide won five straight to open the season but have since gone 2-3.
Alabama averages nearly 75 points per contest with four players averaging double figures. Leading that group is Daisha Simmons at 13.7 points per game. Alabama's defense is forcing opponents to 30 turnovers per game
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WAHINE: The tournament action will represent the first game action for the University of Hawai'i in nearly a month. The Rainhow Wahine's only action in the last 28 days was an exhibition contest against NCAA Division II Hawai'i Pacific on December 18.
Junior forward Kamilah Martin leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points per contest. She is pacing nearly a double-double with 9.9 rebounds per game as well.
SCOUTING THE BLACKBIRDS: LIU- Brooklyn enters the contest after improving their record to 3-5 with a 63-54 win over Ohio.
The Blackbirds lineup feature three players topping six feet including Cleandra Roberts, who grabs 8.0 rebounds per game while also netting 8.7 points. Krystal Wells leads all scorers with 11.5 points per game.