As I sat watching the game last night feeling a tad disappointed at the 2nd half, it occurred to me I was looking at it all wrong, and part of that came from preseason expectations. Last year, like many, I felt our ceiling was the elite 8. I figured we'd lose 2-3 games during the regular season and bow out before the final 4. The team defied my expectations, had an incredible season, and was a sliver away from the NC game. So we "only" lost Saniya. We knew everyone else would be better. We knew we'd be getting Z and Camara. We knew at the least, we had the #1 recruit and another top 15 kid coming in as freshmen. Expectations were not only sky high, but there were people talking about not only being undefeated, but having no team come within 15-20 points of UCONN. Not so fast. But I realized one I adjusted my expectations to something realistic, I suddenly was much happier. This team is magnificent. As someone said in another post, this is the Golden Age of UCONN WCBB and we'd better enjoy it while it lasts. We have 2 seniors who may be the hardest working kids we've ever seen suit up in a UCONN uniform. Kia might be the most intense player we've ever had in my memory, with the possible exception of Shea Ralph. She does everything really really well and has turned in to a truly elite shooter as well. Love that kid. Gabby - it's easy to "ooh and aah" at her spectacular athletic ability, but what's truly amazing about her is not only is she an elite all around basketball player, she's much more than just an athlete. I will be truly sad when the curtain finally falls on these 2 magnificent players and will enjoy every second we are honored to see them on the court the rest of this season. Lou - she's a legit NPOY contender. I think this is Aja's year, but IMHO she's hands down the best all around player in the country. On offense - passing, 3 point shooting, posting up, moves around the basket, mid range game. On defense - moving her feet, using her length to disrupt, getting into passing lanes - she's a really good defender. Pheesa - after a slow start, she's pretty much back to where she was last season and is spectacular. She reminds me of Tuck a bit - never rushed, but usually can't be stopped. Crystal - Has there ever been a player to improve so much between freshman and sophomore seasons? If there has, I don't remember, and if one improved more than CD, it certainly wasn't by much. The bench has been less than anticipated. We can all probably agree on that. With Z, we had people on here (preseason) calling her "the best player on the team", and "should be starter over Crystal". Well you know what? We are lucky to have her and I can't wait to see what she does next year - when she REALLY hears what the coaches are teaching and her mindset catches up with the physical gifts she has. But even tho she's not what was "expected", she's pretty dang good and by all accounts, loves being at UCONN and playing on this team. Same goes for Megan and to a lesser extent Mikayla. They will get it sooner or later, and probably later (meaning next season). Kyla and Molly are better YAY! Same goes for Lexi next season. But... I LOVE this team right now. They bust their butts out there every single game, even when they play less than. Geno has been hard on them at times. But that's his job. Mine is to enjoy the ride and realize how blessed I am to be a UCONN fan. Will they win the NC? I sure hope so and I think they will. Will it be 40 minutes of perfection every game? Hell no. But boy am we lucky. Thanks UCONN!!