Women's Basketball |
Feb. 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH – Behind a trio of double-digit scorers, the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team picked up a 59-50 BIG EAST win over Pittsburgh on the road Wednesday night.
Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio / Winton Woods / Michigan) led the way for Cincinnati (10-16, 2-11), dropping 17 points on Pittsburgh (9-16, 0-12) on 5-of-11 shooting. The junior guard was 7-for-8 from the free throw line and added three steals and two assists.
Alexis Durley (Houston, Texas / Andy Dekaney) added 10 points during the contest after shooting 3-of-8 from the floor. The freshman added six rebounds, three steals and went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Lesha Dunn ( Toronto, Canada/Trinity Valley CC) completed the trio, also adding 10 points. The senior grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists.
Overall Cincinnati shot 44 percent (20-of-46) from the floor while limiting Pitt to just 34.5 percent (20-of-58). It marks the 12th time this season UC has held an opponent to 54 points or fewer and the 13th time a foe has shot below 37 percent.
The Bearcats held advantages in points in the paint (34-20) and bench points (19-2) over the Panthers. Despite committing just one fewer turnover than Pitt, Cincinnati was able to score 21 points off turnovers compared to just seven for the Panthers.
With the score tied at eight with 11:18 left in the first half, UC used an 11-2 run to open up a 19-10 lead. The spurt was sparked by a pair of back-to-back jumpers from Hollins. Scores from Dunn and Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill. / Thornton Fractional North) added during the run.
The two teams traded scores the rest of the way, with a layup from Hollins with eight seconds remaining pushing the lead back to nine points (25-16) as the two teams entered the break.
In the second half, a pair of free throws from Hollins momentarily pushed the lead to 11 before Pitt made their first big run of the contest. The eight straight points scored by the Panthers brought them within three points and made the score 27-24.
A Cincinnati timeout allowed the Bearcats to regroup and they responded with a 7-0 run of their own. Hollins added a jumper in the paint before Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J. / Cherokee) added a score and the and-one free throw.
The Bearcats pushed the lead to as many as 18 before the Brianna Kiesel caught fire from three-point range for the Panthers. The sophomore hit three straight attempts from long range aiding in Pitt cutting the lead down to seven points. However, UC was able to seal the win by going 9-of-12 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Cincinnati returns home this weekend, hosting Providence Saturday, February 23 in the Play 4Kay Cancer Awareness Game. All fans are encouraged to show up for the 2 p.m. tip wearing pink.