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Second-half scoring leads USF past Cincinnati
TAMPA, Fla. (WKRC) -- The University of Cincinnati womens basketball team was unable to keep pace with the University of South Florida offense during the second half as the Bulls used an 11-point scoring advantage in the final 20 minutes to earn a 57-48 win over the Bearcats Tuesday evening in Tampa.
The Bulls used a 14-2 run during the middle of the second half to pull away from UC. The Bearcats held a two-point advantage before the spurt and then found themselves down 48-38 with 6:40 to play after. UC scored 10 points over the final six minutes of the contest, but were unable to out-score the Bulls who came away with a 57-48 victory.
Cincinnati was led offensively by Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) who dropped in 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The senior guard drained her only long-range attempt while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds and dishing out six assists.
Jeanise Randolph (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Fractional North) recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The senior forward recorded two steals and two blocks. The two stuffed shots moved Randolph into a tie for fourth place on UCs all-time blocks list, now totaling 71 at Cincinnati. Her total ties Debbie Merrill who played from 2002-04.
Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh) finished in double figures with 10 points. Alyesha Lovett (Newark, N.J/Malcolm X Shabazz) totaled six points and five rebounds.
USF was led by Courtney Williams who finished 9-of-15 from the floor, totaling 21 points. Akila McDonald added 10 points while Alisia Jenkins added seven points and eight rebounds.
Overall USF shot 41.2 percent compared to 35.7 percent for UC. The Bulls went 14-of-17 from the free throw line while Cincinnati made it to the line just four times, converting three shots. UC was out-rebounded 38-30, allowing 10 second-chance points to USF.
A tightly contested first half featured three lead changes eventually resulting in a tie game after the first 20 minutes. USF opened the contest on a 7-2 run before Cincinnati answered with 6-0 spurt to turn the deficit into a one-point advantage. After Hollins scored UCs initial basket, Randolph took over on the offensive end with three straight scores for the Bearcats. The senior forward scored on a pair of layups before hitting a 15-footer to make it 8-7 with 14:43 on the clock.
Neither team led by more than two until a lay-up by Hollins gave the Bearcats an 18-14 edge with 4:25 left in the half. However, USF closed out the frame on a 6-2 spurt Cincinnati returns to action Saturday, taking on UCF at 2 p.m.