Jan. 3, 2014
Saturday, Jan. 4 | 2 p.m.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will travel to No. 7/7 Louisville for an American Conference contest on Saturday.
THE SERIES: Saturday’s contest will mark the 67th all-time meeting between the Bearcats and Cardinals. The series represents the longest rivalry for UC. Louisville has one the last four meetings and 10 of the last 11.
LAST TIME OUT:
- Cincinnati suffered a 54-43 loss to SMU in the 2014 home conference opener.
- Wednesday’s contest with SMU was the second all-time meeting between the Bearcats and Mustangs. SMU’s win on Wednesday evened the series as UC won the only other meeting back in 1979.
- After UC scored the opening bucket of the half, SMU went on a 16-3 run to hold an 18-5 lead at the 12:17 mark of the first half. The run lasted four minutes and 57 seconds.
- UC made their run in the first half at the 9:03 mark of the first half, scoring nine unanswered points over the course of two minutes and 18 seconds.
- Cincinnati was outscored 12-4 in fastbreak points and 28-14 in points in the paint.
- Cincinnati tied a season-low in free throws attempted with four.
- Cincinnati committed a season-low 10 personal fouls.
- The UC defense limited SMU to 20 points below their scoring average of 74.2 points. They entered the contest ranked third in the conference and 72nd nationally in scoring average
- Cincinnati was out-rebounded for the second-straight game, suffering a 27-36 deficit on the boards.
- Alyesha Lovett tied a career-high in scoring with 17 points. The total matches her output against Georgetown last season. Her seven field goals makes is also a career high while her 13 field goal attempts is a season high.
- Alyesha Lovett also tied her season-high performance from the three point line with three treys. It equals the three she scored against Ohio State.
- Jasmine Whitfield recorded a career-high 10 points. She netted a pair of three pointers for the third straight game. Her two steals also tied a career high.
- Kayla Cook dished out a season-high five assists.
- Jeanise Randolph recorded double-digit points for the eighth time this season and the second-straight game. It was the 21st double-digit scoring game of her career.
- Jeanise Randolph finished one rebound shy of her sixth double-double of the season with nine rebounds in the contest.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS:
- Louisville enters Saturday’s contest with a 14-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference play.
- The Cardinals suffered their only loss of the season to No. 7/7 Kentucky on Dec. 1
- The Cardinals are second in the conference and fifth nationally in field goal percentage (49.3)
- Louisville leads the conference in both scoring offense (87.9) and steals per game (11.1). The Cardinals scoring offense ranks seventh nationally.
- Shoni Schimmel leads the conference and ranks 24th nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.07). She also leads the team in scoring average at 16.1 points.
- Sara Hammond is second in scoring at 11.0 points per game and leads the squad in rebounds (8.2) and blocks (0.9).
- Jude Schimmel is averaging a team-best 4.3 assists.
- 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 fourth 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 73.8 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.