Not too many teams, especially outside of the BIG EAST, have had as challenging a schedule as the UC women's basketball team has faced in the last few weeks. Take #2 Notre Dame, #3 UConn, #11 Louisville, #22 Syracuse and throw in Villanova in Others Receiving Votes, and you have a string of opponents you wouldn't want to face at any time, much less in a 30-day period.
Best thing about it, that stretch is over, after Tuesday night's home game with Syracuse. (Thanks, Dana Rieger, for the photo)
But of course, there are more conference games to be played, starting Saturday, on the road at Rutgers. You can say the season starts all over again this weekend. Now that the murder's row of BIG EAST opponents is behind them, the Bearcats can concentrate on conference wins, and getting ready for the conference tournament at the end of the season.
The most promising part of these tough games is that this team has not given up, either on themselves or on their coach. Jamelle Elliott fought hard for her players in Tuesday night's Syracuse game, and they responded with a terrific effort. While turnovers got the best of the Bearcats, it's a good teaching moment for them to know that they can battle with the best of the BIG EAST and walk off the court with their heads held high.
After the Rutgers game this weekend, the Bearcats come back home for a game against Marquette Wednesday night, February 13. And if you don't know, a certain son of a certain coach is an assistant with the Marquette team. Pat Summit's son, Tyler, is on the bench for the Golden Eagles. Here's the link to the story about Tyler's journey to Milwaukee: http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8802545/total-access-tennessee-tyler-summitt-follows-pat-summitt-coaching-path
Other notes: The UC Bearcat Tennis Team goes on the road this weekend, first to Toledo on Saturday, then Bowling Green on Sunday before they enter BIG EAST play. Follow them this weekend at www.gobearcats.com.