Dec. 31, 2013
Wednesday, Jan. 1 | 1 p.m.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will welcome SMU on Wednesday, January 1 to mark the first home American Athletic Conference game of the season.
THE SERIES: Wednesday’s contest will mark the second all-time meeting between the Bearcats and Mustangs with the only other match-up resulting in a 61-53 Cincinnati win back on Nov. 23, 1979.
LAST TIME OUT:
- The Bearcats suffered a 67-34 loss to the nation’s top-ranked team in UConn.
- The Huskies opened the game by racing out to a 16-0 lead on their home court.
- Cincinnati halted the run thanks to a three from Kayla Cook.
- The Bearcats put together an 11-3 run against UConn that cut the lead down to eight points with 5:53 to play.
- The Bearcats were outscored 34-14 in the second half as UConn recorded their nation-leading 18th-straight victory.
- The Cincinnati defense limited UConn to a season-low 67 points in the game.
- The 33 points in the first half was also a season-low for UConn.
- Jeanise Randolph recorded her fifth double-double this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The senior also led the team in blocks (1) and tied in assists (3) and steals (1).
- Jasmine Whitfield connected on a pair of three-point shots to add six points.
- Dayeesha Hollins added five points.
- Bianca Quisenberry dished out three assists and grabbed four rebounds.
- Cincinnati defense limited UConn sophomore sensation to her lowest shooting percentage of the season as she went 4-of-15 from the field.
- UConn recorded 34 points in the paint compared to just 14 for Cincinnati.
- The Huskies also held an 18-0 advantage in fastbreak points.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS:
- The Mustangs will play their second-straight road game to open up conference play when they make the trip from Louisville to Cincinnati.
- The Mustangs hold a 9-3 overall record this season with an 0-1 record in conference play after dropping the opener against Louisville.
- Among SMU’s nine wins are a pair of overtime victories against TCU (72-68) and at North Texas (84-79).
- The Mustangs put together a 7-1 record in November before a 2-2 record in December.
- The Mustangs rank second in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.1. SMU has forced 197 turnovers this season and are averaging 20.0 points off turnovers per game.
- SMU ranks third in the conference in assists (16.7) and 39th nationally.
- SMU is led this season in scoring by Keena Mays, who is averaging 19.8 points per game. The three-time American Player of the Week, leads the league in scoring and ranks 44th nationally in scoring.
- Kiara Perry was named American Freshman of the Week Monday. The lone freshman on SMU’s roster finished with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds at No. 7 Louisville. Overall this season she is averaging 7.8 points per game.
- Akil Simpson is also pacing double digit points at 14.1 while Destynee Hives-McCray is averaging 11.0 points per game.
- The Bearcats avenged three straight losses this season having defeated Ohio State, Akron and Xavier in consecutive games. The Bearcats pulled off a 105-point swing in scoring from last year to this. Last season in the three games combined UC was outscored 223-170 while this season they outscored the three opponents 197-145.
- Cincinnati went 5-0 against the state of Ohio during non-conference play. The Bearcats picked up wins over Kent State, Akron, Youngstown State, Xavier and Ohio State.
- Senior Dayeesha Hollins scored the 1,000th point of her UC career during the first half of the game against Akron. She accomplished the feat in two seasons and 10 games after playing her freshman season at Michigan. She is now the 25th member of the 1,000-point club.
- UC set a new scoring record under head coach Jamelle Elliott after totaling 86 points during the win over Akron. The mark eclipsed the previous best of 85 against Furman during Elliott’s first game at UC.
- 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.
- 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 performances was 12-of-12 by Cheryl Cook on Nov. 22, 1983. She also had a career high 18 points in the game. Durley eventually converted 21-straight free throws over five games. The sophomore is ranked fifth in the conference from the free throw line (81.1).
- Cincinnati is currently ranked first in the American Athletic Conference and 37th nationally in free throw percentage at 76.4 percent. Six times this season UC has scored more than 17 points from the free throw line and five times shot better than 80 percent.
- 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).
- 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.