To borrow a line from Frankie Valli, Oh what a night.
Wednesday night's Bearcat game against Marquette was something special, for a lot of reasons. Let's start with the glitterati in attendance, beginning with Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summitt, behind the Marquette bench to watch her son, Tyler, an assistant with the Golden Eagles. Then we had former UC coach Laurie Pirtle on the front row, watching the Bearcats.
Then there was the game itself. The stats will tell you that Tiffany Turner hit a layup with less than a second to go to win it for UC, but the game was much more than that. It was a battle of changes made and chances lost, of a team that fought back when it could have folded in the second half, and players who were bloodied, in the case of Alexis Durley, but unbowed at the end to get the first BIG EAST win of the season for Coach Jamelle Elliott.
The Bearcats had come oh, so close to getting a conference win a number of times, most recently at Rutgers where they lost by a bucket. This one, though, felt different, in that this team continued to fight back, even when they were down by four with a hanful of minutes to go.
Whatever the final count of the 2012-2013 season record may be, remember one thing: This team never quits. Kayla Cook plays defense as well as anybody on the floor, and she contributes in ways that don't always show up in the box score. Dayeesha Hollins every game is the target of the other team's best defender, and she takes a beating but comes back for more. And at the end of the game you could see the relief on the UC coaching staff's faces to get this "W" in the books and see the players' hard work pay off.
They'll be back home next Saturday-put it on your calendar to come cheer them on.