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Bearcat women topple Youngstown State
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKRC) -- Bianca Quisenberry's (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh) near triple-double led the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team in a season-high scoring effort as the Bearcats defeated Youngstown State 83-62 Sunday afternoon on the road.
For the third time in four games, Cincinnati recorded a season-high in points with 83 against the Penguins. Previously UC had scored 71 points against Charlotte and 75 against Morehead State. The 83 points are the second most scored by UC under head coach Jamelle Elliott.
Quisenberry flirted with a triple-double in the contest, recording 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. All three totals were game-high numbers for the true freshman. Overall she was 7-of-13 from the floor including 3-of-7 from three-point range. She was 4-of-4 from the free throw line and committed just one turnover.
Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) aided in preventing any comeback effort from Youngstown State by scoring all 17 of her points in the second half. She was 8-of-10 in the final 20 minutes after taking just one shot in the first half.
Three other Bearcats finished in double-digits with Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) pouring in 14, Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) adding 12 and Marley Hill contributing 10 points. Shelbi Chandler (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) also had seven points and six rebounds in her second start of the season.
Overall UC shot 52.4 percent compared to 42.0 percent for the Penguins. Cincinnati held a 35-26 edge in rebounding while scoring 40 points in the paint. Cincinnati recorded a season-high 22 assists and turned the ball over just 10 times. UC also improved on their league-leading shooting percentage from the free throw line, going 13-of-13 in the contest.
The Bearcats found themselves in a hole early in the first half after the Penguins came out firing, hitting five of their first six shots including a pair of three pointers from Flagg and one from Hornberger.
However, the Bearcats answered with a 21-6 run that turned a seven-point deficit into a five-point lead. Over a span of six minutes and 18 seconds UC went 8-of-9 from the floor. The spurt was capped by three's from Quisenberry and Hollins. During the span, UC's defense forced four turnovers and allowed Youngstown State to shoot just 3-of-8 from the floor.
UC eventually pushed the lead to their largest of the day by in the final minute of the first half, taking a 37-27 advantage into the locker room.
The Bearcats didn't let up to start the second half, using a 13-0 run that lasted just under three minutes to make it a 20-point lead. Randolph added six points during the run while Quisenberry scored seven, connecting once from beyond the arc. Youngstown State never cut the lead under 12 points the rest of the way with UC closing the game on a 12-5 scoring edge to win by the 83-62 final.
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