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Bearcats turn program around in one year

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While there's still a lot of room for improvement, the BU women's basketball team is leaps and bounds better than a year ago. Last year under First Year Head Coach Linda Cimino, the Bearcats went 4-26 (2-14). This year, in Cimino's second season, the Bearcats are 11-15 (6-7) and in 6th place with eyes on 5th or even 4th by the end of America East play.

Consider that at after sophomore point guard Jasmine Sina went down in the preseason with a season ending ACL tear, BU was picked to finish last out of the nine teams in the America East Preseason Poll, now they have a chance to possibly be the home team in the opening round of the AEast playoffs.

"Our program has come a long way in a year," Cimino said. "We were still preseason voted 9th and our kids took it personal. Our kids took it personal. They have the standings listed in the locker room and every day they look at it where we were seeded and they know that every coach we play against voted them 9th. So I think they took that personal. There's no game that you're supposed to win but you want to win your home games but we talked about protecting our home court. But we're at the point right now where we can compete and if we play the right basketball we can actually get the win unlike last year where we were able to compete but we were never able to push over that hump."

BU hosts UMass Lowell on Saturday at 2:00.