Friday, November 25, 2016

UC Bearcats to Welcome Howard Bison on Saturday

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team will host the Howard Bison on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m. inside Fifth Third Arena.

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UC (3-1) will begin a three-game homestand Saturday when it welcomes the Howard Bison (0-4) to Fifth Third Arena at 5:30 p.m. in the second game of a men’s and women’s basketball double-header. Admission to the game will be complimentary, as it is all season long, as part of the Experience UC initiative. Fans unable to attend can watch the game live on Bearcats TV. A subscription is required to watch online.

Saturday’s contest will the second all-time matchup between UC and Howard with the Bison holding a 1-0 series advantage. In the only previous matchup, Howard knocked off UC, 72-70, on a neutral floor on Dec. 29, 1994.

UC picked up its third-straight road victory of the season Tuesday when it knocked off the Miami Redhawks, 49-43, inside Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.

With the win, UC improved to 3-1 on the season -- including 3-0 on the road -- while Miami dropped to 2-2 on the year and 0-1 inside Millett Hall.

In their second midweek, midday game in seven days, the Bearcats got off to a sluggish start but were able to muster enough production to take a 26-25 lead into halftime. UC was able to separate from the Redhawks in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 14-8 to take a 40-33 lead into the final quarter. Scoring the first five points of the fourth proved to be the difference as UC went scoreless for eight minutes but were able to lock down enough on defense to get the win.

Senior guard Bianca Quisenberry (Springfield, Ohio/Tecumseh) led all scorers in the game with a season-high tying 13 points and a season-best eight rebounds. Junior Shanice Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara/Monroe CC) recorded her second-consecutive double-double with 11 points and a game-best and season-high 14 rebounds.

At Miami, UC got 16 points from its bench and scored 18 points in the paint. The Bearcats limited the Redhawks to 24 percent shooting for the game including only five made field goals in the second half. Cincinnati committed a season-high 25 turnovers which Miami turned into 10 points.

Freshman guard Antoinette Miller (Detroit, Mich./Southfield-Lathrup) posted her second-consecutive double-figure scoring game with 10 points and a season-high tying six rebounds. Junior guard Ana Owens (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored a season-low three points on 0-of-11 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Maya Benham (Douglasville, Ga./Osborne) scored her first point of the season.

Howard will enter Saturday’s game at 0-4 on the season after falling 67-55 at Cornell on Tuesday night at Newman Arena.

Rookie Jayla Myles had a career night with 13 points and 15 rebounds at Cornell while for the fourth consecutive game, redshirt senior Te’Shya Heslip topped the team in scoring with 17 points to go along with three steals, two rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Redshirt junior Erin Blaine finished the night with nine points and seven boards.

As a team, Howard went 12-for-16 (.750) at the free throw line and scored 29 points in the paint. The Bison also had 19 second chance points.

For the season, the Bison are led by Heslip’s 18.8 points per game. Blaine paces Howard with 4.0 rebounds per contest. Howard averages 55.8 points per game which ranks 10 out of 13 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and gives up 88.5 points a contest which ranks last in the league. The Bison shoot 71.2 percent from the free throw line which is second best in the conference.

Senior forward Sydni Johnson was selected to the MEAC Preseason All-Conference Third Team. The Bison, who went 7-24 (4-12 MEAC) last season, were picked to finish ninth out of 13 in the league preseason poll.

Improved for the 2016 season, the Cincinnati Gameday app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices offers fans a wide variety of information on the Bearcats — home and away. The free app is available in the App Store and Google Play. The app offers live scores & stats, social interaction, and fan maps, among other features, to enhance the Cincinnati gameday experience.

Again this season, the Bearcats will be participating in the University’s “Experience UC” initiative which offers complimentary, free of charge admission to home games. The initiative is geared toward inviting the community to campus to see firsthand the great things about and surrounding the University. Groups interested in attending games in 2016-17 should contact Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Branding Luke Willman (513-556-1081; for more information.


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