Wow! What a weekend! Women's basketball is currently on the tail end of what seems to be the longest road trip in the history of trips, but thanks to a 2-1 weekend at the BTI Classic the team is actually in pretty good spirits. We may be tired and wishing we could sleep in our own beds two consecutive nights but other than that people are pretty happy. Why, you ask?
The women have started the season 3-2, with both losses being decided by just three points. Georgetown most recently defeated No. 23 Purdue on the Boilermaker's home court to finish the BTI Classic as the tournament runner-up, so all in all, things are going pretty well.
The energy on the bus leaving Purdue was one of excitement. Beating a ranked team was a milestone for this young squad and it was awesome to see the girls play so well. The defense looked sharp forcing turnover after turnover and on offense things really began to click.
Our plane was delayed a bit from West Lafayette since the same crew had been flying one of the Purdue teams home. Therefore we had about an hour to kill and instead of just watch some film sophomore point guard Rubylee Wright came up with what some might call the best idea of the season so far. A trip to Dairy Queen to celebrate the win!
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but traveling with 25 people means unscheduled outings are rare occurrences and it is certainly never to get ice cream. But after that win, even Coach Flo couldn't say no. You wouldn't believe the cheers that erupted as we pulled into the DQ parking lot. The girls filed out chanting Rubylee's name in triumph.
After a refreshing ice cream treat we boarded out plane home, but surprises were still to come as we arrived at Dulles. Exiting the plane, the usual mat was placed on the ground below the steps, however, this time it just happened to be red. That's right after the big win, they rolled out the red carpet for us. I don't want to list any bold predictions but I'm pretty sure sophomore Adria Crawford made one as we walked to meet the bus and our bus driver Henry.
"Dairy Queen and the red carpet in one night? We've got to start beating ranked teams more often," she said.
So coaches of the world, take note. Sometimes all you need to do is promise a trip to DQ and you never know what can happen.
We go back on the road tomorrow to face Central Michigan on Wednesday and we expect to face another hostile crowd but I think it we have the momentum going into the game. The women will finally play their first home game of the season on Saturday against Wofford. After playing in front of some tough crowds we hope that the Hoya faithful can come out and support the women in their first game at McDonough Arena this season. See everyone Saturday!