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Friday, March 07, 2014

Cincinnati holds off Central Florida; UConn up next

Jamelle Elliott was a part of some of the greatest UConn teams either as a player or assistant coach so she probably knows as well as anybody the challenge her Cincinnati team faces tomorrow with a game against No. 1 UConn.

However, Elliott would rather be preparing to meet the Huskies than be thinking about next season already. That is what her Bearcats earned with a hard-fought 54-52 win over Central Florida which wasn't decided until Andrea Hines half-court heave missed going in by the narrowest of margins.

"That is why they call it March Madness," Elliott said. "We played a lot of minutes, we are tired and we are sore but I know they are going to be amped up. Mentally they are going to be ready to play, we are going to be prepared as we always are and hope we can make it hard for them on the floor at times.

Our game plan right now is to give our kids as much rest as we can. We know UConn, we just had a little post-game scouting report. My players know UConn extremely well. They watch them on television, it is not going to be about the scouting report, it is going to be about going out there and competing for long stretches tomorrow for as long as we can. I want us to look them in the eyes and really try to guard them, really try to make it hard for them to do some things. they are an extremely talented, I know it is going to be our game plan going in there."

The game will not be available on TV and is only able to be watched on the live stream or by coming to Mohegan Sun Arena. Due to a conflict with the men's game, it will be broadcast on WTIC 96.5 FM.

Cincinnati had a difficult season but considering that 44 of the 54 points against UCF were scored by underclassmen, there is reason for optimism.

"It amazing to see how our freshmen, our sophomores and even myself how we are stepping up, playing the way we are playing right now it is a (bonus) that they are stepping up because next year is a new year  and we are coming out a different way than we did this year definitely," said junior guard Alyesha Lovett, who led Cincinnati with 19 points.

Add the Naismith Award to the list of national player of the year awards won by UConn recruiting target A'ja Wilson.

The 6-4 forward out of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C. was named the winner of that prestigious award earlier today.


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