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We're Our Own Biggest Fan!

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What more can I say about the Georgetown women's basketball team?  The girls are off to one of the best starts in program history, they're nationally ranked and they're on a 12-game win streak.  I think I've been over our accomplishments more than once in the blog, so today I'm going to write about some of the other things that impact the team.
On the flight back from Tampa early Sunday morning, the pilot came on the intercom and welcomed the team on the plane congratulating us on the win.  Even with the 5 o'clock wake-up call, the girls perked up and began cheering before realizing that no one else on the plane was excited.  To that senior Jaleesa Butler commented, "We're our own biggest fan!"
 
As funny as it was, I think that statement describes this team in so many ways.  It's easy to see who is scoring a lot of points but what really is making the squad successful this season is the work of the seniors and captains behind the scenes.  These girls have pulled together a young group and really set out to bring out the team chemistry.
 
You can hear our girls throughout every game cheering on defense and encouraging eachother.  Senior point guard Shanice Fuller has not been putting up the numbers she did last season, but I think that everyone on the team will agree that she makes a difference when she is on the floor.  She has become such a steady force and a leader that is is noticeable to the average fan when she is absent.
 
Additionally, senior captain Kenya Kirkland is one of the most passionate players on the team although many may not see it.  I thought she was going to get in a fight with her own teammates when Syracuse beat us down the floor on one possession in the win up in New York.  Her passion for the game and her teammates is obvious to all involved and she will be sorely missed next season.
 
Needless to say, there are a number of players that are running this team behind the scenes.  I think their contributions are just as important, if not more, than the ones scoring points on the floor.  Next time you're at a women's game, take a look at the excitement and team camraderie on the bench and I think you'll agree this is a special group.

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