February 28, 2011.
Write it down.
Make a note of it.
Tell your grandkids you were there.
Because on February 28, 2011, we saw the result of almost two seasons' worth of work by Coach Jamelle Elliott. We saw the Bearcats reach a goal they've been working toward, since Coach Elliott arrived in Clifton. We saw the UC women's team defeat a ranked team for the first time in the Elliott Era.
Oh, yes, the 'Cats had come close before, but the 65-62 win Monday night over #20 Marquette was the first time that it actually had happened. And it was only fitting that on Senior Night, the two seniors, Shereese Ulis and Shelly Bellman, led the way, Shereese with her three-point shooting and Shelly with her cool-as-a-cucumber conversion of two free throws in the final seconds to ice the game for UC.
It's a bit ironic that on the night we saw the end to the home season, we also saw the beginning of a new era for the 'Cats. Because the game, this win, was not just a result of hard work in one game, it was the result of hard work over the season.
Now it's on to the BIG EAST Tournament, and anyone can tell you that anything can happen there. Shelly said Coach Elliott told the players to pack for the week, not just one or two games. Coach Elliott feels at home back in Hartford, and her team exceeded expectations there last season.
So write down the date: Monday, February 28, 2011. I hope you can say that you were there when you saw the future of Bearcat basketball. And the future's gonna be fun.