Seven seniors stood at halfcourt on Saturday afternoon — some clutched the hand of a parent or sibling, others held the bouquet or photograph that commemorated their final season.
Accomplishments and accolades rang through McDonough Arena as the Hoyas celebrated their oldest players.
In front of family, friends and 1,421 fans, the Hoyas defeated Providence 66-39.
Off to a rocky start, No. 15 Georgetown (21-6, 10-4 Big East) shot just 18 percent midway through the half, yet it held the early lead. Providence (13-14, 5-9) eventually snagged a four-point advantage, but Georgetown senior Tia Magee tied it at 14 and the Hoyas never looked back.
“It’s senior day,” said Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “Everybody’s a little bit emotional. We actually tried to play the seniors a little bit more because it is a day to celebrate them, so [we were] a little bit out of sync. But, we got it all together.”
With a six-point lead going into the break, the Hoyas regrouped in a decorated locker room to celebrate the monumental game.
“[Senior Day] was exciting, but at the same time it was really, really emotional,” said Magee. “I was the one in the back crying and wiping my face before I came out to warm up that last time.”
Determined to make the last one count, Magee had a double-double with a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.
After struggling offensively the last couple of games, Magee said, “When you’re in a funk you try to tell yourself, ‘Come on, come on,’ and it’s been tough not playing the way that I wanted to. … Today, I was half way too emotional to even try to stress about that. I was just having fun and realizing that if I just relax, that’ll help me out a whole lot. I think that’s what today was about.”
The slow start was not telling of how Georgetown would finish the night, as it began the second half by scoring 10 straight points.
Junior Sugar Rodgers totaled 14 points while seniors Alexa Roche and Rubylee Wright added nine and eight, respectively.
The seven seniors combined for 46 points.
“We just clicked so good,” said Wright. “Everybody always thought that one of us was going to leave, but when things got too hard, we always had each others’ backs.”
While it is often unprecedented for all seven incoming freshman to stick with a program for the entirety of their four undergraduate years, Georgetown is not about precedent. Saturday’s finish attests to the power of team unity.
“We actually, all of the seniors said we’re going to do something together before we leave,” said Wright. “Because we obviously don’t have time with pre-season, post-season, regular season … this year we just planned a trip to do something together.”