First, let's get to the news of the day: Coach Jamelle Elliott is building her next recruiting class with Talequia Hamilton from Huntington, West Virginia, and Alyesha Livett from Newark, New Jersey. Hamilton's a 6-2 forward who brings much needed height to the front line. Lovett's led her team to a 93-6 record over her three years.
Add them to Dayeesha Hollins, who, you remember, transferred from Michigan and is sitting out this year, and this class is rated #32 in the country, the eighth best in the BIG EAST. Nice additions to the foundation building in Clifton.
Now, to the game this weekend, or should we say THE game this weekend. Xavier and UC, don't have to say anything more in this town. This one should be special, though, because for one thing, it's the first one Coach Elliott will have in her house. And, it'll be her second time around, so she knows the hype and the importance regarding bragging rights in town. Third, we should have a packed house, which always adds to the excitement.
What does one game mean in the grand scheme of things? Well, both coaches will downplay the whole thing, saying it's just one game in the schedule, we're preparing for the conference, blah, blah, blah. Well, I'll say what they won't--if you can make a good impression for the recruits in the Greater Cincinnati area, just think what that means to your recruiting prospects as you try to keep home grown talent here.
Add the fact that Xavier, coming off an Elite Eight season, will come in ranked in the top 5 in the country. The Musketeers know that everywhere they go, teams feel that they can make their season if they can knock off a top ranked team. That goes double for UC.
If you haven't seen UC in the last couple of games, you've missed the transformation of this team from a take-a-shot first, ask questions later, to a patient opportunistic team that will wait for the best shot possible. It's turned the Bearcats into a disciplined, focused team. Which will be what is needed for a shot at XU.
You gotta come to the Women's Crosstown Shootout on Sunday at 2 p.m. That is, if you can get a ticket....