Stephens Earns BIG EAST Player of the Week

Bearcats junior forward becomes first Bearcat to earn Big East Player of the Week honors from conference.

CINCINNATI Jill Stephens (Mineral Wells, W.Va./Parkersburg South) earned the BIG EAST Player of the Week award as announced by the conference on Monday. Stephens is the first UC player to be named the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Player of the Week since the Bearcats joined the league in 2005-06.

Stephens led Cincinnati in scoring and rebounding in home victories over Wright State (73-66) on Dec. 11 and Youngstown State (79-56) on Dec. 15. Stephens played the entire game against Wright State, the fourth time she has been called on to do so this season, and scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Stephens scored a game-high 27 points and notched her fourth double-double of the season with 14 rebounds against Youngstown State. She finished the game with career highs in points (27), field goals (11), field goal attempts (19), 3-point field goals made and attempted (5-of-6) and assists (4).

Cincinnati remains at home for the next two games, taking on Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at Fifth Third Arena.

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