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It's hard to believe that the UC women's basketball season is just about ready to wrap up. Two more games at home, one on the road and then the BIG EAST tournament where, as we know, anything can happen.

So maybe it's a good time to look back on the season and look ahead to the next.

First, Michelle Jones is rounding out to be a force inside. Too bad she's a senior, because she is now asserting herself and can go straight up to the basket and let her strength get her the bucket and one. It's been fun watching her, when she has one of her monster games.

Second, another senior, Kahla Roudebush, may have seen her scoring average fall a bit, but she now looks to dish out to the other players. And she's not afraid to mix it up inside and grab a rebound from the tall trees. She's been a treat to watch play in a Bearcat uniform. Another Hoosier showing off her basketball heritage!

Third, Shareese Ulis can be such a skilled quarterback on the court. It's obvious that Coach Elliott trusted her, since she handed Shareese the keys to the offense right off the bat and she will be fun to watch next season.

And I'm excited for the future of Val Schuster. Yes, maybe it's just because I like announcing her name in the starting lineup (Val Schooooooooooster..) but I like her hustle and her outside shooting touch. I hope she continues to grow in Coach Elliott's system. 

Which brings us to next season, and the first full recruiting class that Coach Elliott will have had time to bring in.Junior college transfer ShaQuanda Wiggins (Chicago, Ill./Thornton Township/Jefferson College [Mo.]) will join incoming freshmen Kayla Cook (South Webster, Ohio/South Webster), Jeanise Randolph (Calumet City, IL/Thornton Fractional North), and Tiffany Turner (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) at UC for the 2010-11 season. These four run 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 and 5-10, bringing some height inside, and add them with redshirting transfer Chanel Chisholm  (Long Island, N.Y./North Babylon/Vanderbilt), who transferred from Vanderbilt following the 2008-09 season and who has watched the offense from the bench this year, and you should have a good mix of youth and experience.

In the meantime, home fans have only two more chances to see this edition of the Cats, Tuesday night against West Virginia and Saturday with Pitt. It's not been an easy road for the fifth year seniors on this team. Come and support them, and show them how much you appreciate what they've done for this program--and the foundation they've placed for the Bearcats to come.  

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