UC Press Releases

Here are the press releases from the University of Cincinnati. This will be a running story and we'll add each release sent to us.

Football Tops Current BCS Top-10 In Academics

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team ranks atop the current Bowl Championship Series Top-10 in academic rankings, according to the latest Graduation Success Rates, released by the NCAA Wednesday.

The No. 5 Bearcats (10-0, 6-0 BIG EAST Conference) checked in with a 75 percent NCAA graduation rate and a 71 percent federal government rate, the only team in the BCS top-10 to surpass the 70-percent plateau on both lists.

The graduation rates are for student-athletes entering college in 2002-03, meaning they earned their diplomas within six years.

NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams came in at 67 percent (NCAA) and 55 percent (federal).

Texas, which is third in the standings, and Georgia Tech, which is seventh, had the lowest scores. Both came in at 49 percent (NCAA) and 41 percent (federal).

And half of the top 10 teams in the BCS standings - Florida, Texas, Boise State, Georgia Tech and LSU - failed to reach 50 percent in the federal report.

The NCAA's latest graduation numbers show nearly four out of five student-athletes earn their diplomas on time, an all-time high, and federal statistics show athletes are still more likely to graduate on time than other students.

NCAA statistics show 79 percent of all freshmen entering school in 2002-03 graduated within six years, matching last year's record high. The four-class average, for students entering college between the fall of 1999 and the fall of 2002, also was 79 percent, a 1 percentage point increase over last year's record.

The federal numbers are lower, 64 percent for athletes, but still 2 percentage points higher than the general student body. Federal statistics do not include the performance of transfer students.

NCAA graduation rates at a glance

NCAA graduation rates of Top 10 teams in BCS standings, based on freshman classes entering school from 1999 to 2002 (graduation rate of federal government listed in parenthesis. Unlike NCAA, does not factor in transfers):

1. Florida 69 percent (42 percent)

2. Alabama 67 percent (62 percent)

3. Texas 49 percent (41 percent)

4. TCU 65 percent (59 percent)

5. Cincinnati 75 percent (71 percent)

6. Boise St. 58 percent (48 percent)

7. Georgia Tech 49 percent (41 percent)

8. LSU 60 percent (42 percent)

9. Pittsburgh 68 percent (56 percent)

10. Ohio State 62 percent (58 percent)

Bearcats Comeback Bid Falls Short at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A furious second-half comeback fell just short as the University of Cincinnati women's basketball team dropped a 64-57 decision at Indiana on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall.

Shareese Ulis (Toledo, Ohio/Trinity Valley C.C.) led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting and freshman Daress McClung (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored 12 points and added eight rebounds for the Bearcats (1-1).

"One thing about my players is that they didn't give up," said head coach Jamelle Elliott. "I'm proud of them and we'll use this game as a lesson moving forward.

The Bearcats struggled in the early going, falling behind 11-3 less than five minutes in. An 8-2 run for UC, capped by a McClung three, cut the Indiana lead to 13-11 with 10:46 left in the first.

IU pushed the lead back to 10 at 23-13 and again at 27-17 before going into the half leading 36-23.

Ulis paced the Bearcats in the first half with 10 points. McClung posted five points and five boards off the bench in the first stanza.

The second half was a completely different story, as the Bearcats settled down and turned the ball over just five times, while ratcheting up the defensive pressure.

What was an 11 point lead with nine minutes to play was whittled down to two after a McClung steal and breakaway layup.

After a pair of missed free throws from the Hoosiers, Michelle Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) scored on a short jumper while being fouled and made the free throw to give UC its first lead since early in the ballgame, 57-56.

The Hoosiers drew even at 57-57 on a Sasha Chaplin free throw and on its next possession, IU's Andrea McGuirt gave the Hoosiers a 60-57 lead, one they would not relinquish.

"Basketball is a game of runs," said Elliott, who endured her first loss as a head coach. "My guys came out and competed hard. They are feeling this loss - and they should - because we had a chance to win this game."

Hope Elam led Indiana (3-0) with 15 points and Jamie Braun posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Cincinnati is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 21, when it hosts Detroit at Fifth Third Arena at 2 p.m.

Football's Game Time With Pittsburgh Set For Nov. 18, 2009 Noon On Dec. 5

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati football team will face BIG EAST Conference rival Pittsburgh at noon on Dec. 5 at Heinz Field and the game will be televised nationally by ABC, the BIG EAST Conference office announced Wednesday.

The game will decide the 2009 BIG EAST Champion and the winner of the league's automatic Bowl Championship Series berth.

The No. 5 Bearcats (10-0, 6-0 BIG EAST) have a bye this week in advance of playing Illinois (3-7) at Nippert Stadium on Nov. 27 .

No. 8 Pittsburgh (9-1, 5-0 BIG EAST) take on West Virginia on Nov. 27 before playing the Bearcats.

Indoor Track and Field Announces 2009-10 Schedule

Season kicks off on Dec. 4 with the Red and Black intrasquad meet

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati indoor track and field team released its schedule for the upcoming 2009-10 campaign, head coach Susan Seaton announced today. The 2010 slate features a competitive mix of national and local destinations for the Bearcats.

"We are excited about our upcoming schedule. It is the most competitive in school history," said Seaton. "As we continue our quest for Big East prominence, we will challenge our team more than ever by competing on a national level in three of our six regular-season meets."

The Bearcats kick off the season with the annual Red and Black intrasquad meet held at the historic Armory Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec. 4, on the UC campus. December 11-12, UC will head to Kent, Ohio, for the Golden Flash Gala, UC's only meet before winter break.

The New Year will see the Bearcats compete on five consecutive weekends starting with the Indiana Open in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, Jan. 9. UC will also compete at the Quad Meet at Akron, Ohio (Jan. 15), before being exposed to two high profile meets at the Gladstein Invitational at Indiana University (Jan. 22-23) and the Rod McCravy Invitational at the University of Kentucky (Jan. 29-30).

The highlight meet of the regular-season will be the New Balance Invitational at the world-class Armory Track in New York City on February 20-21. UC will be pitted against 20 of the Top 30 teams nationally in addition to eight conference foes.

After a gauntlet of meets the Bearcats will have a much-deserved week off before returning to New York City for the 2010 BIG EAST Championships on Feb. 20-21. Last season, Cincinnati finished a program-best seventh place at the meet and look to improve upon that performance in 2010.

Cincinnati returns a host of letterwinners from last year's squad, including 2009 BIG EAST Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and NCAA participant in the pentathlon, Jasmine Cotten. In addition to Cotten, UC welcomes back Ashley Arnold, Natasha Burse, Paris Campbell, Hauna Dawkins, Kayla Dunn, Michelle Eby, MacKenzie Fields, Chelsea Gerken, Lilian Jelimo, Kathy Klump, Tamara Masters, Stefanie Ponte, and Aricka Rhodes; all of which were BIG EAST Conference participants a year ago.

2009-10 Cincinnati Indoor Track and Field Schedule

Dec. 4, 2009 Intrasquad Meet Armory Fieldhouse

Dec. 11-12, 2009 Golden Flash Gala Kent, Ohio

Jan. 9, 2010 Indiana Open Bloomington, Ind.

Jan. 15, 2010 Akron Quad Meet Akron, Ohio

Jan. 22-23, 2010 Gladstein Invitational Bloomington, Ind.

Jan. 29-30 Rod McCravy Invitational Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 5-6, 2010 New Balance Invitational New York, N.Y.

Feb. 20-21 BIG EAST Indoor Championships New York, N.Y.

March 12-13, 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships Fayetteville, Ark.

Football's Game Time With Illinois Set For Noon On Nov. 27

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati football team will face Illinois at noon on Nov. 27 on Senior Day at Nippert Stadium and the game will be televised nationally by ABC, the BIG EAST Conference office announced Monday.

The No. 5 Bearcats (10-0) will face off against the Fighting Illini (3-7) for the first time.

Tickets for the game are sold out.

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Football To Face Off With Virginia Tech At FedExField In 2012

LANDOVER, MD. – The University of Cincinnati football team will play its 2012 contest against Virginia Tech at FedExField, the Landover, Md., home of the Washington Redskins, UC Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Monday.

"This is an exciting opportunity to play a top-flight opponent in one of the top football facilities in the country," head coach Brian Kelly said. "I have a great deal of respect for Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech program and we are looking forward to renewing our rivalry. We also have an opportunity to play a game in our nation's capital and expose a new group of fans to what Bearcats football is all about."

The Bearcats are off to a 10-0 (6-0 BIG EAST Conference) start to the 2009 season, earning their third-straight 10-win season for the first time in school history. This season also marks the first time UC will play in a bowl game in four-consecutive years.

UC and Virginia Tech have met nine times on the gridiron with the Hokies holding a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series after winning the past two contests. The series in neutral site games is tied at one win apiece. The two squads last met in the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl with Virginia Tech earning a 20-7 win. The previous neutral site matchup took place in the 1946 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, an 18-6 UC win.

"As the program has gained more national notoriety over the last few years with national rankings, a BIG EAST championship, and last year's BCS appearance in the Orange Bowl, we are always looking for opportunities to grow our brand beyond Cincinnati and the state of Ohio," Thomas said. "These types of games are important to the development of our championship program and help to expand our exposure on a national stage."

"We are excited to have Cincinnati and Virginia Tech playing at FedExField," Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said. "This game, a rematch of the 2009 Orange Bowl, highlights two outstanding programs and continues FedExField's commitment to hosting the most competitive and nationally acclaimed matchups in the country."

Information on tickets sales and kickoff time will be released at a later date.

The game marks the Bearcats' initial visit to FedExField, while it will be the third trip for Virginia Tech, joining a 2004 contest with Southern California and an upcoming matchup with Boise State in 2010.

Elliott Leads Bearcats to Win in Head Coaching Debut

Roudebush, Ulis lead four in double figures

Nov. 15, 2009

CINCINNATI - The Jamelle Elliott era opened with a bang on Sunday night, as the University of Cincinnati women's basketball season began the 2009-10 season with an 85-46 win over Furman in Fifth Third Arena.

Elliott's debut as head coach of the Bearcats (1-0) went smoothly as UC shot 48.3 percent from the floor and turned the ball over just nine times in the most lopsided win since a 39-point drubbing of McNeese State on Nov. 21, 2007.

"One of the things I talked about before the game was playing together for 40 minutes and we did that tonight," said Elliot, who spent the last 12 years as an assistant coach at Connecticut. "I'm more concerned with us being a team. We were sharing the ball and being unselfish. We had 29 made baskets and 20 were assisted. If that's not unselfish basketball, I don't know what is."

Kahla Roudebush (Noblesville, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) led the Bearcats with 18 points and moved up on a pair of UC career charts. She moved into 18th on the school's scoring list and improved to fourth in career three-point field goals. She shot 6-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point range while adding six rebounds and five assists.

Junior college transfer Shareese Ulis (Toledo, Ohio/Trinity Valley C.C.) scored 17 points in her Division I debut, shooting 6-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc with three assists.

UC was hot from the floor from the opening tip, jumping to a 21-11 lead just over six minutes in on the strength of five threes.

The Bearcats never trailed and led by as much as 28 in the first half. UC shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and knocked down seven threes, taking a 47-21 lead into the break.

After a few sloppy minutes at the start of the second half, the Bearcats continued to build the lead and led by as much as 41 in the final minutes.

Ten Bearcats scored in the game, with senior Michelle Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) and sophomore Val Schuster (Wausau, Wis./Wausau Newman Senior) reaching double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Schuster added seven rebounds and four assists and shot 4-of-6 from the field.

Freshman Daress McClung (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored six points, blocked four shots, and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in her collegiate debut, helping the Bearcats to a 46-33 edge on the glass.

Kali Holtfreter led Furman (0-2) with 13 points, while Kaitlin Murphey chipped in 11.

Elliott was recognized prior to the game by Director of Athletics Mike Thomas, and video welcomes were presented by UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, the UConn players, and UC's student spirit group, the Rallycats.

Volleyball Concludes Conference Play with 3-0 Win over St. John's

Stephanie Niemer double-double leads UC to 10th home victory of the season

CINCINNATI – Behind a team hitting percentage of .356 and nine blocks, the University of Cincinnati volleyball team continued its winning ways at home with a 3-0 win over St. John's University Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena. Junior Stephanie Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) led all players with 11 kills and did not commit an error en route to a .456 hitting percentage as UC extended its home winning streak to 27 matches.

Freshman Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) continued her strong play of late and hit over .600 for the third consecutive match hitting at a .643 clip to record 10 kills. Sophomore Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) led all players with 13 digs.

Kills by freshman Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Harpenau, and an ace by Niemer, helped Cincinnati (22-9; 12-2 BIG EAST) capture a 12-8 lead in the opening set. After a Bearcats attack error made the score 14-11, two kills by Harpenau, two kills by Niemer, and two kills by Hayden aided a UC surge that saw Cincinnati take 11 of the final 12 points to capture a 25-12 win in the first set.

Just as in the first set, the second set remained close at the beginning until a kill by Hayden, a block by junior Annie Fesl (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey), Scott, and Niemer, an ace by junior Lindsay Upton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame), and a Niemer kill down the line opened up a 16-11 lead. After a St. John's kill ended the rally, the Bearcats used two Fesl aces and kills by Scott and Niemer to help widen their lead to 21-13. From that point, UC easily took the second set, 25-17.

Behind the serving of Harpenau, the Bearcats went on a nine-point run at the beginning of the third set to take a 12-5 lead. It was then Upton's turn as she led a seven-point run that opened up a 19-6 advantage. Down the stretch, kills by Scott and Harpenau sealed the 25-10 triumph.

With the win, UC secured the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, which will be held Nov. 20-22 in Louisville, Ky. The Bearcats quarterfinal opponent has yet to be determined.

Volleyball Rolls Past Connecticut, 3-0

Stephanie Niemer double-double leads UC to 10th home victory of the season

CINCINNATI – Junior Stephanie Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) collected her ninth kill-dig double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs and led the University of Cincinnati volleyball team to a 3-0 win over the University of Connecticut Huskies Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena. The win extended the Bearcats home winning streak to 26 matches and upped the Bearcats record to 21-9 overall and 11-2 in BIG EAST Conference action.

Junior Annie Fesl (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) put together an impressive all-around performance dishing out 30 assists, while adding three aces and six digs. The 30 digs moved Fesl over the 4,000 assist plateau for her career making her just the third UC player to reach that milestone joining Noel Olsen and Laura Lauder.

Three kills by sophomore Missy Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) and a pair of kills by Niemer helped the Cincinnati offense get off to a great start in the opening set as the Bearcats jumped in front, 8-3. After a Rebecca Murray kill brought Connecticut within one point, 13-12, three Huskies errors coupled with another Harpenau kill widened the UC margin to five points, 17-12. Leading 23-19, Harpenau put down her fifth kill of the set before a kill by freshman Megan Turner (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central) kill closed out a 25-19 opening-set triumph.

Connecticut hung with the Bearcats in the second set and eventually took a four-point lead on five occasions, with the last at 19-15, before three kills by Niemer and a pair of UConn attack errors brought the Bearcats within one point, 21-20. A freshman Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) kill to the deep left corner tied things up at 22, before a kill by Harpenau and consecutive aces by Fesl sealed the 25-22 come-from-behind win.

UC came out of the 10-minute intermission and used its block to take an early lead. The Bearcats blocked three attacks by UConn and Scott was in on all three helping Cincinnati take a 7-4 advantage. A service ace by Fesl, a kill by Niemer, and three kills by freshman Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) widened the Bearcats lead to five, 19-14, forcing the Huskies to use their second timeout of the set. A junior Lindsay Upton (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) ace closed out the 25-16 third-set win sending UC to its 10th home win of the season.

Scott registered nine kills and had four blocks on the evening, while Hayden had seven kills en route to a .636 hitting percentage. Harpenau fell one kill shy of her 13th kill-dig double-double of the season with nine kills and a match-high 13 digs.

UC completes its regular-season on Sunday, Nov. 15, when it welcomes St. John's to Fifth Third Arena for a 2 p.m. contest.

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