Ge­orge­town hop­ing to take the next step

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY OLIVIA PHELPS

With the NCAA tour­na­ment set to be­gin Satur­day, Ge­orge­town is wait­ing to book its flights af­ter the se­lec­tion show airs Mon­day night.

Pro­jected by ES­PNW as a No. 5 seed, the 18th-ranked Hoyas (22-8, 115 Big East) are look­ing to im­prove on a sixth seed from the 2010 sea­son, when they made just their sec­ond Sweet 16 ap­pear­ance.

Ge­orge­town took down Prince­ton 65-49 in the first round last March. In the sec­ond round, the Hoyas elim­i­nated Mary­land 79-57. Ge­orge­town then squared off against Con­necti­cut in the Hoyas’ first Sweet 16 since 1993, but the Hoyas’ fell 68-63.

Now, af­ter two con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in the tour­na­ment, Ge­orge­town has its sights set on the Elite Eight, a feat the Hoyas have yet to achieve.

How­ever, com­ing off of a stag­ger­ing 39-32 loss to West Virginia in the Big East quar­ter­fi­nals, the Hoyas will have to shake off mem­o­ries of the game that saw them shoot just 11.4 per­cent with four field goals in the first 20 min­utes for their low­est first-half point to­tal of the sea­son.

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar loss to St. John’s ear­lier this year, the Hoyas looked at the de­feat as mo­ti­va­tion and a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fol­low­ing the St. John’s game, se­nior Tia Magee said, “We’re go­ing to learn from [the loss], try not to make the same mis­takes that we made be­fore.

“We’re just go­ing to put it be­hind us and take this next step for­ward be­cause we have a lot of big games com­ing up so we don’t have time to dwell on our loss.”

Magee said the loss to the Moun­taineers could prove ben­e­fi­cial.

“Learn from [the loss], from the mis­takes and things that we didn’t do right in that last game. [We’re] def­i­nitely not dwelling on it.”

Ge­orge­town will look to the losses for in­spi­ra­tion, but the Hoyas are fo­cused on the fu­ture — one that may take them to the Sweet 16 and, per­haps, fur­ther.

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