Tough Season – So Far – For Jamelle Elliott

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Former UConn standout and long-time assistant Jamelle Elliott realized coaching Cincinnati would not be easy when she took the job before the 2009-10 season. And it hasn’t gotten any easier after finishing 16-16 in 2011-12.

The university seems patient. It extended Elliott’s first contract as a head coach three more years in July 2012, meaning she now has security through the 2017-18 season.

But key injuries have left the Bearcats (8-10, 0-5) short-handed, and on a five-game losing streak, as it prepares for Saturday’s game against No. 3 UConn in Cincinnati.

“Before the DePaul game [earlier this week], we decided to give ourselves individual goals outside of the big picture,” Elliott said. “For the most part, we started to achieve those goals and my expectation is not going to be any different when Connecticut comes here on Saturday.

“Are we going to beat Connecticut? Anything is possible, but at the end of the day, I want to make sure we go out there and give maximum effort. That can mean losing the game but still leaving that floor feeling like we gave it everything we have. That’s the big-picture goal, but … I feel like small victories are going to be something that is going to be important to us for the rest of the year.”

After losing to Ohio State, 87-49, on Nov. 14, the Bearcats won three straight and five of six. But since then they’ve win just two games since Dec. 15.

“We were thrown into the fire right away at Ohio State and got our tails handed to us,” Elliott said. “But if there was such a thing as a good loss, that was it because it kind of woke us up and refocused us for the remainder of the year.

“From that day on, we were trying to beat Ohio State in practice. We prepared for the day we’d meet a team like them again so we could be ready.”

The Bearcats have had Jeanise Randolph for just six games this season due to a knee injury. Starting point guard Dayeesha Hollins missed two games with an ankle sprain. Lovett has also missed time with a knee sprain.


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8 thoughts on “Tough Season – So Far – For Jamelle Elliott

  1. Master Mind

    Great Coaches are born. Some super great coaches are just lucky, being in the right sport at the right place, at the right time.
    Other great coaches are held back by minimal minded administrations.

  2. bridget

    I can not wait to watch this game this is really going to be a good one miss jamelle very much

  3. husky pat

    Jamelle is a great coach – like other teams, she is faced with multiple injuries. Give her time – it took Geno about 8 years ti win his first championship. Once you have a championship under your belt, then you get great basketball players who want to play for a team who have won a championship. Pat Summitt coached for about 28 years and has won 8 championships. So, no one can predict how Jamelle will do. She has the talent and IQ to build a great program, but it takes time. It will be interesting to see how Baylor fares after Brittany Griner leaves. Will they win #2 this year – won’t know until New Orleans. Who would have thought ND would beat CT on their home court after losing 3 or 4 who contributed to their success last year getting to the National Championship game. You never know. I hope Jamelle can get her whole team able to play soon and win the rest of the games after UConn.

  4. UconnFan

    When I see Kelly Farris play, I think of Jamelle because they were both hard nose vital players and their teams would not have had the same success without them.

  5. hjoerring

    Is Jamelle’s job on the wire? She was given an extension, but what about patience? Is she a could coach? A good coach, but in the wrong place? Do they care about WBB in Cinn? Is Cinn like Seton Hall, Pitt., Vill, Prov and even St.Johns– all places where it is almost impossible to recruit women? Ann D could not get anyone(?) to come to SH– even after her time in NY. BE wbb was really about uconn, ND L– all the others off-the-page, so-to-speak. The good thing about the Cath.7 leaving is that they will not damage us as far as WBB, although the nostalgia will work its trick on us. But the ‘new’ (BE)league (SMU, Tul and the FLs, etc) will be equally as bad- only without a history to be nostalgic about. How much excitement can we generate? More exposure for us i these markets, but will the top players come to play in such a league? Does Uconn/coach A has the will and stamina to try and build up a conf, again. Are we expecting a school like Tulane and Cinn and some of the others to invest more than they have already in WBB. Actually, Uconn is in my view one of a handful of schools that have really build up women’s sports. We have been good for a long time in FH, soccer to name a few, but how will these teams fair in our new conf? Are there comparable teams? Football be damned! We are all guilty/jelous for not being the Alabamas of the world.

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