Sec­ond-seeded Mary­land vows to live by mot­tos

No. 5 seed Ge­orge­town brim­ming with con­fi­dence

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY MIKE DE­FABO BY OLIVIA PHELPS

With din­ner, cup­cakes, and con­fetti, the Ge­orge­town Hoyas gath­ered to watch the NCAA se­lec­tion show. With them were friends, fam­ily, coaches, the pep band, cheer­lead­ers, and even Jack the mas­cot.

As bal­loons adorned the ta­bles at the Fac­ulty Club, smiles in the crowd re­flected the fes­tive mood Mon­day night.

“Ev­ery­one’s healthy, we’ve got fresh legs, let’s go,” coach Terri Wil­liamsFlournoy said.

The se­lec­tion show re­vealed a No. 5 seed for Ge­orge­town, match­ing its high­est in pro­gram his­tory. The Hoyas will meet Fresno State on Sun­day in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“I told them from day one and as soon as we started prac­tice to­day, we didn’t re­ally care where we were go­ing, who we were play­ing,” Wil­liamsFlournoy said. “At this point, we’ve been off for al­most a week-and-a-half, and we just want to play.”

As “Ge­orge­town” flashed across the big screen, cam­eras flashed and peo­ple stood to cheer. It was a cel­e­bra­tion.

Un­like her first se­lec­tion show and trip to the NCAA tour­na­ment, se­nior Tia Magee was able to en­joy the cel­e­brat­ing this time around and called it a night of ex­cite­ment.

“My sopho­more year, it was my first time, so it was a re­ally, re­ally ner­vous feel­ing,” Magee said. “You didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect. Now I’m a se­nior, and this will be our third time go­ing, I’m a lit­tle more ex­pe­ri­enced. There’s still a lit­tle ner­vous feel­ing be­cause it’s my last time. It’s kind of an anx­ious ex­cite­ment.”

This feel­ing how­ever, is fuel for the se­nior.

“I love it. You know, this is what you work for. All of the games, and the prac­tices . . . this is your time to shine. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. I love this feel­ing,” Magee said.

The Hoyas are vet­er­ans to post­sea­son play and con­fi­dent that they can per­form on col­lege bas­ket­ball’s most pres­ti­gious stage.

“Ev­ery­body knows what it’s like to be in a tour­na­ment,” se­nior point guard Rubylee Wright said. “Ev­ery­body knows what it’s go­ing to take, and the dif­fer­ent type of level to get into the Sweet 16, the en­ergy and ev­ery­thing. Ev­ery­body just knows what it’s like, so I think ev­ery­body’s pre­pared.”

The Hoyas (22-8) will be mak­ing their third NCAA trip in four years; it will be the fifth straight ap­pear­ance for Fresno State (28-5).

“[Our se­niors] brought us,” Wil­liams-flournoy said. “They started it, tak­ing us to the NCAA tour­na­ment. So, what bet­ter way for them to go out, tak­ing us all back to the NCAA tour­na­ment. I think they’re ex­cited. I think they’re ex­tremely pumped, and I think they’re ready to go.”

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