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Bearcats continue to prove skeptics wrong

After four wins a season ago and losing Rookie of the Year Jasmine Sina to a season ending ACL tear, the BU Bearcats were left for dead, picked to finish 9th among the nine America East teams in the conference preseason poll. Any coach of player will tell you that they don't put much stock into the preseason poll. The Bearcats did though and used it as motivation to prove everyone wrong.

Thirteen wins later and an 8-8 conference record the Bearcats tied for third in the AEast standings and clinched the five seed heading into the America East tournament. With the postseason ready to get underway, the Bearcats are not done proving people wrong.

"We walked into conference play with a chip on our shoulder," said sophomore guard Imani Watkins. "I think it kind of showed and I think we proved a lot of people wrong and I think we will continue to do so into the tournament. I think everybody's just really proud of what we've been able to do. We knew we could do it, it was just the fact of proving it to other people."

"As soon as Jasmine went down people didn't expect us to do well and I think that the kids took that as an insult. They felt a little disrespected," said Head Coach Linda Cimino. "I think playing with a little edge and a little chip on their shoulder has helped them. Finishing tied for third is a great accomplishment but that's not what we want to do. We want to win in the playoffs and go as far as we can in the tournament. It's exciting and I think we're going to have that carry over for the playoffs but at the same time it's unfinished right now. We're looking forward to playing well, playing in front of our home crowd and just to continue to do what we've done all year."

The America East Tournament will once again be held at the BU Events Center. The Bearcats play UMBC in the AEast Quarterfinals on Saturday at 8:15.