Last week I had the great good fortune to work with Tommy G on the University of Cincinnati women's basketball telecast for the Marshall game. As part of the show, we came up with what we wished that Coach Jamelle Elliott and the Bearcat team would find in their stockings this year. So that got me thinking about our new year's resolutions for the Bearcats. You probably have some of your own, so post them on the Cincinnati women's basketball Facebook page. For now, here are some of my thoughts:
For Jamelle Elliott, a BIG EAST surprise. Last season the Bearcats went on the road and got some big conference wins at Louisville and Syracuse. There'll be a game or two that the 'Cats will sneak up and surprise someone.
For the Bearcat team, a steep learning curve. It's a young edition of the 'Cats this season, with freshmen taking a bigger role than ever. May they be quick studies of the Jamelle Elliott system.
Also for the team, but especially for seniors Shareese Ulis and Shelly Bellman, good health. The injury bug has bitten this team way too often and we hope it's done. Shareese and Shelly, this team depends on your senior leadership and your calmness under pressure. Stay healthy and stay in the lineup.
For sports information director Jeremy Martin, a thousand followers on Facebook. Love the videos, especially the ones with the players after the game. Keep 'em coming.
For director of basketball operations, Dana Rieger, a new whiz bang camera to capture all the action on the court. Oh wait, you already have one of those! How about a big ol' calendar to keep everyone's schedule straight.
For UConn Coach Geno Auriemma, a winning streak that stays intact until you come to Clifton on January 29. Wouldn't that be fun to have the Huskies start a new win streak once they leave town!
And to everyone with the UC athletic department, all the best for a terrific and exciting new year of women's basketball.