Cincinnati meets UT Arlington and Charlotte at the Daytona Beach Invitational – 71Bait

Nate Jarrett

Assistant Director, Communications & Strategic Brand Engagement

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball will compete in the Daytona Beach Invitational on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Bearcats will open the tournament with UT Arlington on Friday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Charlotte on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Cincinnati has only competed in one other neutral-site Thanksgiving Week tournament under head coaching Michelle Clark-Heardparticipating in the 2019 Puerto Rico Clasico.

UT Arlington (WAC) and Charlotte (C-USA) each won their conference championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament last season.

Cincinnati earned their first away win of the season in their final game on Monday, defeating Lindenwood Junior Guard 71-60 at Hyland Arena in St. Charles, Mo Jillian Hayes recorded her fifth career double-double, second in her last three games, with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds while she was a senior guard Mya Jackson finished the fifth straight game in double digits with 13 points, four assists and three steals at a team-high level.

Cincinnati led 34:20 and forced a season-high 24 turnovers for 30 points. The 30 points less sales bind Clark-Heard the most. The Bearcats also had 30 in a 73-62 win on Feb. 10, 2021 in Memphis. Cincinnati dominated inside all night, finishing with 40 points in the paint. The 40 points in the suit is the highest since the Bearcats totaled 52 points in an 87-77 (2OT) win over North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19, 2021.

Cincinnati also went 18-23 from the free throw line for a season-high 78.3 percent at Lindenwood. Despite a season-low 21.4 percent behind the arc against the Lions, Cincinnati converted to 28-71 for 39.4 percent from three-point range in their first five games, 27th in the nation and second-place recorded in the AAC.

Friday will be the first-ever meeting between UT Arlington and Cincinnati. UT Arlington started its third season with a 2-2 lead under head coach Shereka Wright. Leading the Mavericks is fifth-year guard Jireh Washington, a transfer from Arkansas State, who is averaging a team-high 16.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. Washington is one of four players on the team to average double-digit points. UT Arlington is averaging 82.8 points per game, capping their opponents at 73.3. The roster includes six players who logged the time of last year’s 20-8 aggregate and 11-4 WAC team. One of those six returns is Starr Jacobs, who was named WAC Preseason Player of the Year by the WAC after breaking the program’s single-season goalscoring record last season.

Saturday sees Charlotte and Cincinnati meet for the 19th time and the first since the Bearcats defeated the 49ers 71-64 on November 30, 2013 at the Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas. Cincinnati leads the all-time series standings 12-6 and is 2-1 in neutral location competitions. Charlotte is 3-1 at the lead in Cara Consuegra’s 12th season, their only loss coming Nov. 16 at NC State. The 49ers scored 64.5 points per game and conceded 68.8. Charlotte has two players who average over 17 points per game, fifth-year Mikayla Boykin with a 17.5 and sophomore Dazia Lawrence in the redshirt with a 17.0. Lawrence is averaging 35.9 minutes per game, followed by fifth-year guard Jada McMillian at 35.7 minutes, who ranks first and second in Conference USA. The 49ers made history in their season opener, setting the NCAA record for biggest fourth-quarter comeback after closing a 21-point deficit to defeat App. State 98-94 (2OT) on November 8th.

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MYA JACKSON AND JILLIAN HAYES – DYNAMIC DUO

Jillian Hayes recorded her fifth career double-double, second in her last three games, with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to three steals while she was a senior guard Mya Jackson finished the fifth straight game in double digits with 13 points, a team high, four assists and three steals at Lindenwood on November 21. Jackson is averaging a team-high 15.6 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds at 43.9 percent from the field in 38.2 minutes per game. The 38.2 minutes per game ranks 18th in the nation and first in the conference. Jackson has finished in double digits in all five games this season. The five straight games in double figures is the most since Akira Levy’s 10+ points in seven straight games in 2021-22. Hayes has averaged nearly a double-double in 29.8 minutes per game in the last four competitions with 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists. As of Nov. 22, 16 players in the conference have recorded a double-double this season, and Hayes is one of four players to have recorded at least two. Hayes’ two double-doubles are also ranked 27th nationally. Jackson and Hayes accounted for 45 of the 71 points against Toledo on November 16 and became the first Bearcats to score more than 20 points in the same game since IImar’I Thomas (28) and Caitlyn Wilson (20) did so in a 71-58 win in Tulsa on Feb. 27, 2021. The pair are the only two Bearcats to start all five games.

WHAT IS THE MIDTIME SPEECH
Cincinnati outsells their opponents 102-80 in the third quarter for a +4.4 lead in their first five games. Cincinnati has outplayed four of five opponents in the third quarter, including a season-best 29-20 in the third quarter against Radford on Nov. 13. The Bearcats outscored four of five opponents in the second half and a 179-164 advantage after the break.

FROM THE LINE
Cincinnati finished its last game at Lindenwood on November 21, 18-23 for 78.3 percent from the free throw line, a season-best best. Cincinnati ranks 73rd nationally and third in the conference with 21.2 free throw attempts per game and 85th nationally and third in the conference with 14.4 per game made. Jillian Hayes 42nd nationally, first in the conference with 30 free throw attempts this season and making 20-30 from the line. Hayes’ 20 brands also feature first in the conference. The Bearcats shot 49-68 for 72.1 percent off the line in their last three games. Clarissa Craig leads the team with an 84.6 free throw percentage at 11-13.








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