So how are we doing?
Not necessarily a rhetorical question when it comes to health, income or basketball teams this time of year.
This whole thought process was triggered by the BIG EAST website's women's basketball page, which asked readers to weigh in on player of the year so far, game of the year, etc. If you'd like to vote (Kahla Roudebush is one of the nominees, vote early and often, Cats fans..), go to this link: http://www.bigeast.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=19400&ATCLID=204878217 and let them know your thoughts.
So here are some of my thoughts on this midterm report card:
Remember when UC's women's team was projected last in the BIG EAST pre-season? Jamelle Elliott's staff remembers and they're determined not to end up there. When I had my chat with Coach Elliott's former teammate, Rebecca Lobo, earlier this season for my radio show, she said she was certain the team would use that as motivation to finish anywhere BUT last place in the conference.
So, right now the Cats are tied for 12th place with Louisville, the team they just defeated in a thrilling OT game on the Cardinals' home floor. They're above Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Villanova. And they have a great opportunity to make some noise this coming Tuesday when Notre Dame comes to 5/3 Arena.
Look, I'm not saying that Connecticut is suddenly going to go into a slump and give ND, West Virginia and everyone else at the top a chance to move up. In fact, I'm not sure UConn's going to lose the rest of this season. As ESPN's Pam Ward told me a couple of weeks ago, "The NCAA Tournament is going to be the UConn Invitational."
Be that as it may, that's still no reason for the rest of the field to curl up and just give the trophy to the Huskies. And that's no reason for UC to accept the 16th place projection.
They haven't yet, and have no plans to. Louisville was a signature win in Coach Elliott's inaugural season. Let's pack the place Tuesday night and give the Cats a chance to make the Notre Dame game another memorable one.