Women's Basketball outlook for 2011-12

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The Bearcats ended the season with another early exit from the Big East Tournament and a losing season, but all is not lost for the youthful team.

While Cincinnait loses seniors Shareese Ulis and Shelly Bellman, it has an abundance of young talent returning next year. Check out my story on the emergence of several freshman and a Michigan transfer.  

--Here is a complete season recap.The shining moments included a hot start and a Senior Night win against No. 20 Marquette.

--Coming into head coach Jamelle Elliott's first full season with her recruits there were 10 active players on the roster. This number dwindled to seven for the bulk of the conference season after forwards Elese Daniel and Daress McClung suffered early season-ending injuries and guard Chanel Chisholm hurt her ankle on Jan. 10. With those players now healthy and another incoming class Elliott will have a fully capable hand next year.  

--First-year players Kayla Cook and Jeanise Randolph capitalized on their significant playing time to garner Big East all-rookie honors. 

"They have a year of experience so I'm expecting them to start stepping up and being leaders," Elliott said. "To not be as inconsistent as freshman. Once they become sophomores I'm expecting them to be consistent night in and night out."

---Elliott expects players to earn their minutes in preparation for this fall. As she heads into her third season at the helm she said she and the players have to progress from one season to the next to become a winning program.   

"To be honest come practice, preseason next year, everyone is going to have the same opportunity. I'm not the type of coach that says, 'Ok just because you're a senior your going to play this amount of minutes per game.' It's real healthy to have competition in practice whether they are freshman sophomores, juniors or seniors, they are going to earn their minutes based on what they show in practice."

--This will be my last blog post, you can reach me at tickelhm@mail.uc.edu.

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