Feb. 18, 2014
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THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will square off with USF for the second time this season Wednesday evening inside Fifth Third Arena.
THE SERIES: The second meeting this season with USF will be the 25th overall. Cincinnati leads the all-time series in Cincinnati by a 5-3 mark. However, the Bulls have won the last three straight over UC.
LAST TIME OUT:
- After scoring just 11 points in the first half the Bearcats’ offense churned out 44 second-half points, shooting at a 72 percent (18-of-25) clip over the final 20 minutes to earn a 55-53 road win Saturday afternoon against Temple.
- Trailing by four with 1:59 to play, Cincinnati out-scored Temple 8-2 to close out the contest including five points from Junior Alyesha Lovett
- With 1:37 left, Jasmine Whitfield cut the lead to one with a layup and the and-one free throw.
- Temple pushed the lead back to three with a score from Natasha Thames with 1:18. Lovett then drilled a three on Cincinnati’s next possession to tie the game at 53 with 49 seconds remaining.
- Kayla Cook gave UC the ball back after stepping in and taking a charge with 25 seconds remaining.
- Lovett netted what proved to be the game-winning points, hitting both of her free throws.
- Chelsea Jamison and Jeanise Randolph each recorded blocks while Whitfield had a steal in the final seconds to prevent a game-tying Temple bucket.
- Lovett’s 20 points set a new career-best for the junior. She scored seven of UC’s final ten points over the last 2:17 of the contest. Lovett was 8-of-16 from the floor, tied her season high assists total (4) and career-high blocks total (4).
- Randolph finished one rebound shy of her 10th double-double of the season. The senior was 7-of-11 from the floor with four blocks and two steals.
- Whitfield completed the trio of double-digit scorers for UC with 11 points also dishing out four assists. Cook added eight points and four rebounds.
- In the first, UC went cold from the field with 10:32, managing just one free throw the rest of the half.
- The Owls 10-1 scoring advantage over the final nine and a half minutes gave them a 17-11 lead at the half.
- Each team shot under 25 percent in the first 20 minutes. Neither squad was able to connect from three-point range, going a combined 0-for-17.
- UC doubled their scoring effort from the first half after just nine minutes and 10 seconds, hitting seven straight shots, accounting for a 12-0 run.
- Through 13:22 of the first half Cincinnati was 12-of-14 from the field, pushing their lead to as many as seven.
SCOUTING THE BULLS:
- USF enters Wednesday’s contest with a 13-11 overall mark and an 8-5 record in conference play.
- The Bulls have gone 4-3 since the first meeting with UC this season when USF picked up a 57-48 win in Tampa on Jan. 21.
- USF’s only conference losses this season have come against the league’s top schools. The Bulls lost both meetings with Louisville and UConn and dropped the first series meeting with Rutgers
- USF is led in scoring by Courtney Williams, who averages 15.3 points per game. Inga Orekhova paces 9.4 points per game while Alisia Jenkins is just behind at 9.3 per game.
- Jenkins also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 10.1 rebounds per game.
- Akila McDonald has totaled 44 blocks this season to lead the Bulls
- Shalet Stringfield leads the team with 75 assists.
- Jeanise Randolph earned a pair of weekly honors for the second time this season. The senior forward earned both American Athletic Conference and College Sports Madness Player of the Week honors after averaging 18.5 points and 10 rebounds during two UC wins last week. She previously earned both awards following a double-double against Ohio State.
- Kayla Cook currently ranks sixth on UC’s all-time three-pointers made list with 141 and trails Madinah Slaise for fifth place (146) by five. Cook is also sixth on the all-time minutes played list with 3,627. She trails Elaine Blake (3,680) in seventh place by 53 minutes.
- During conference play Cincinnati ranks fourth in field-goal percentage defense (39.3) and second in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (27.2). Eight conference opponents have been held to 41 percent shooting or lower. Only three opponents have shot better than 27 percent from three-point range.
- Cincinnati has used 11 different starting lineups this season with 10 different Bearcats making starts. Alyesha Lovett and Kayla Cook are the only players to start every game.
- Jeanise Randolph tied the single-game blocks record against Louisville on Jan. 4 swatting six shots against the Cardinals. The total tied Bev Obringer who had six blocks against Southern Miss on Jan. 28, 1989. Randolph’s 29 blocks this season rank her 10th on the single-season list. With eight more blocks Randolph could move as high as third on the list.
- Since losing leading-scorer Dayeesha Hollins for the season due to a knee injury, Jasmine Whitfield has stepped up her production averaging 8.0 points per game, a improvement of 5.2 ppg. Whitfield has totaled seven of her 15 assists and five of her 14 steals in the last two games.
- The Cincinnati defense is holding opponents an average of 13.8 points below their season scoring pace. Cincinnati held No. 1 UConn 19.3 points below their scoring average in their first meeting this season. No. 7 Louisville was limited to 25.6 points below their scoring pace. Overall UC has limited 14 opponents to double-digits below their scoring average, including nine in conference play.
- Jeanise Randolph is making her mark in conference play, ranking first in rebounding (9.9), sixth in blocks (1.6), 13th in steals (1.4) and 16th in scoring (11.0). She ranks first in the league in defensive rebounding (7.1). Randolph has five double-doubles in conference play.
- Cincinnati is currently ranked third in the conference and 30th nationally in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 58.4 points per game.