So, didja think the game would be anything else but?
You can toss in any cliche that you want, but we all knew that when UC and Xavier meet, whether it's basketball or tiddly winks, it's going to be a battle.
First, props to everyone who attended--thanks to all the sponsors and to the youth groups who came, but don't make this your only visit. As Coach Elliott said after the game, it's great to have a big crowd for the Shootout, but make sure you come back for a regular season game.
Second, congrats to both teams. Xavier's impressive and the Musketeers have their eyes on the prize--to go beyond last year's Elite Eight. Having said that, the Bearcats didn't roll over just because one of the top teams in the country was coming into the gym.
Coach Elliott made a pretty telling statement after the game. She said, "In those last eight minutes, I wish everyone could have been in those huddles with us. Because I had nine players looking me in the eye saying 'we believe.' We believe we can play with this team. We believe we can win this game."
And while the payoff didn't come with an upset win, it'll likely come down the road. Just ask Senior Shelly Bellman. "We learned a lot of good lessons in this game," she said. "That'll help us when we get into those games in the BIG EAST."
So another Women's Crosstown Shootout has come and gone. Xavier knows that no matter who the opponent, they're going to have a fight on their hands. And the Bearcats know that they can give that fight to anyone. Just. Believe.