Molly Goodenbour is not good with giddy. And, frankly, despite a five-game winning streak and the UC Irvine women's basketball program's best start since 2002-03 in this, her third season as coach, it's a little soon to start planning any parades.
But, more than the end, it's the means that have Anteaters' observers glowing about the team that continues to emerge from the former Stanford All-American's bench.
And it was hard not to spot the beginnings of a gleam in Goodenbour's eyes after a 53-point second half propelled the 'Eaters to a 75-61 nonconference triumph over visiting Portland State Saturday afternoon at the Bren Events Center.
"It's exciting," Goodenbour said with her typical deadpan delivery after her team improved to 4-0 at home while upping its record to 5-3.
The positives include standout returners junior post Mikah Maly-Karros, senior point guard Jade Smith-Williams, immensely improved junior Kiara Belen and explosive sophomore Jazmyne White, last year's Big West Conference Freshman of the Year.