The Home Stretch

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So were you at the UC-Georgetown women's game last week? If you weren't, you missed a pivotal moment in the season, maybe the future, of the Bearcats' franchise.

Yes, the Bearcats lost that game, but they led for most of the contest. They played hard until the very last second. And they went toe to toe with a top 20-ranked team and didn't blink.

And it showed what the Jamelle Elliott era is, and will be.

We haven't seen that in a while, but it was there. We saw a team that hustled, we saw a team that worked hard, and we saw a team that, even though they were out-numbered (the Bearcats played only six players during that game), play through the exhaustion and frustration to stand up to a very well coached, talented Hoya squad.

Yes, it was a four point loss, and I know that coaches will never say that there is a 'good' loss, but it was a seminal moment, I believe, in this program. In the past we would have seen these players frustrated, with their heads hanging. Not this time. During this game, these players believed in themselves. We saw it in their first BIG EAST win against St. John's, when, toward the end of the game and the Bearcats holding a fairly comfortable lead, Kahla Roudebush glanced over at fellow senior Michelle Jones lined up in the lane for a foul shot and smile.

Those two have had a UC career that neither one expected. But they are now part of the foundation that will take this team, and teams in the future, to new heights. We're fortunate to have some great women's basketball action in this city. Go watch it.

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