Tide Opens Rainbow Wahine Invitational with a 58-47 Victory over Cincinnati

Kaneisha Horn

Dec. 28, 2012

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HONOLULU - The women's basketball team won its first game of the Bank of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine Invitational with a 58-47 victory over Cincinnati on Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawai'i. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 8-3 on the season while the loss drops the Bearcats to 7-4 overall.

"This was a good game for us," said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. "We played two real good teams in a row in Virginia and Cincinnati. I thought everyone gave great effort and really played together as a team."

Junior Jasmine Robinson and redshirt sophomore Kaneisha Horn scored 12 points apiece to lead all scorers while senior Alicia Mitcham added another 11 points for the Tide. Horn also chipped in a game-high nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Cincinnati led by four early on until five straight points by Alabama gave the Tide the one-point edge at the 16:39 mark. The Bearcats would take the lead back on the next possession and remain in front for the next eight minutes. From that point, there were three more lead changes and two ties as neither team led by more than two points until Alabama rattled off four straight for the 22-18 edge. The Tide would head into the locker room up by five with the 27-22 lead.

The Bearcats opened the second half on a 6-2 run to cut the Tide lead down to one, but Alabama responded with six unanswered points over the next 90 seconds to take the 35-28 advantage. Cincinnati cut the Tide lead down to three at the 11:18 mark, however Alabama would come back again, this time with a 7-0 run to take its first double-digit lead of the night. The Bearcats would come no closer than six for the duration of the contest.

For the game, Alabama shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the floor, including 47.8 percent (11-23) in the second half while Cincinnati was held to 34.0 percent (16-47) of its attempts. The Tide forced 22 Bearcat turnovers and committed just 11 of its own. In addition, Alabama received solid contributions from its bench as the reserves scored 21 of the Tide's 58 points, collected three of its six blocks and three of its eight assists.

Alabama will play its second game of the tournament on Saturday when it takes on LIU Brooklyn. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. The game can be listened to on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on the radio and online at RollTide.com. In addition, fans can follow along on the team's official Twitter page @AlabamaWBB.