Dec. 28, 2013
Sunday, Dec. 29 | 5 p.m.
THE GAME: The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will face top-ranked UConn to open American Athletic Conference play Sunday, December 29th on ESPN.
THE SERIES: UConn leads the all-time series 9-0, having won every meeting while both schools were members of the BIG EAST Conference. Sunday’s meeting will be the first between the schools as members of the American Athletic Conference.
LAST TIME OUT:
- Cincinnati picked up a 47-26 win over Xavier Saturday, December 21 on the road.
- The win marked the first for head coach Jamelle Elliott over the crosstown rivals in five tries.
- Cincinnati opened the game on a 9-2 run before Xavier countered with seven straight points to tie the game at nine.
- UC then also used a 10-2 run that included back-to-back scores from Bianca Quisenberry to retake the lead.
- The Bearcats controlled the game in the second half as more than six minutes ticked off the clock before Xavier recorded their first point of the half.
- The Musketeers didn’t convert on their first basket of the second half until the 10:11 mark of the frame.
- UC never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 23.
- Cincinnati held Xavier to 11 field goals in the game including just four in the second half.
- Xavier shot just 21.6 percent (11-of-51) overall in the game while going 0-of-17 from behind the three-point line.
- Xavier’s 26 total points were 28 fewer than their previous game-low scoring effort this season (54) and also just four points over their lowest scoring half in any game this season (22).
- UC was led by Dayeesha Hollins who was the only player in the game to reach double digits with 12 points.
- Lovett led the Bearcats in rebounding, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. She also set a career high in blocks with three and season high in steals with three.
- Jasmine Whitfield made use of the nine minutes off the bench by totaling six points on a pair of three-point makes.
- Kayla Cook and Alyesha Lovett both added seven points off the bench.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES:
- The Huskies enter the contest ranked first unanimously in both the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls.
- UConn’s 12-0 record includes five wins over ranked opponents.
- They most recently defeated #22/21 California 83-61 on Dec. 22.
- Connecticut features five players all scoring double digits including Breanna Stewart (19.3), Bria Hartley (14.6), Stefanie Dolson (13.9), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (13.0) and Morah Jefferson (10.6).
- UConn leads the nation in blocks per game (8.6) and scoring margin (37.8).
- Stefanie Dolson is one of only eight players this season to record a triple-double, doing so against Oregon with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. It marked just the second such feat in program history.
- UC head coach Jamelle Elliott played for four years under UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and was also an assistant from 1998-2009, before coming to Cincinnati.
- The Bearcats are on a streak of avenging losses having defeated Ohio State, Akron and Xavier the last three games. Each of those teams handed UC losses last season.
- 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 15th 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).