CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team improved to 2-0 when it defeated Dayton (1-2), 75-64, on Wednesday evening in Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were lead by senior Bjonee Reaves (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon/Neosho County (Kan.)) who set a new career-high with 25 points and paced four double-digit scorers for the Bearcats.
UC used a dominating first half to help with the win, scoring 45 points – its most since head coach Jamelle Elliott's coaching debut on Nov. 15, 2009 when it scored 47 against Furman. Cincinnati's 55.9 percent (19-34) shooting in the first half was its most since it shot 56.0 percent (14-25) against USF on January 5, 2011.
The offense shot 53.7 percent (29-54), putting up its best numbers since it played Texas on Dec. 8, 2010. It also dished out 20 assists, its most since Furman, when it also had 20.
Chisholm (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt) was two points shy of a double-double with 15 points and a team-best eight boards, while Dayeesha Hollins (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods/Michigan) and Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) pitched in 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Bearcats got off to a strong start, as Chisholm, Reaves and Turner teamed up to score the team's first 22 points. The Bearcats continued to build their lead, outrebounding Dayton, 20-9, and outshooting the guests from both the field and behind the arc in the first half. The hosts shot 55.9 percent in the first half, including 38.5 percent from 3-point range. Cincinnati held its largest lead, 45-27, after a Chisholm layup with 1:46 remaining in the half and headed into the locker room with a 16-point lead, 45-29.
While UC sustained its double-digit lead throughout for the first six minutes of the half, the Flyers went on a run sparked by an Elle Queen jumper to make the score 51-43 with 12:55 remaining. The Flyers continued to pull closer to UC, cutting the lead to as little as five with 2:53 remaining, but Hollins iced a free throw to bring it back to a 10-point lead and the Bearcats held on for the victory.
The Flyers were lead by Justine Raterman and Andrea Hoover, who each had 11 points. UD shot 47.3 percent from the field and just 26.7 percent from 3-point range.