Feb. 28, 2014
WASHINGTON - Time is ticking away for the three Georgetown women's basketball seniors who have been with the program for all four seasons. Four-year players Andrea White and Samisha Powell as well as three year manager turned player Jasmine Motton have seen it all during their time as Hoyas.
They have played under three coaches in four seasons, spent a considerable amount of time in the national polls, achieved postseason success, and helped mentor the future of Georgetown women's basketball in their final seasons while making one last push for the posteason this March.
While their paths have varied mightily, all three have gone on a journey of ups and downs and in the process have learned some valuable life lessons as they prepare for a future upon graduation in May.
To better understand how they all got to where they are today both on and off the court, it's best to learn how it all began a little less than four years ago.
Having known each other all throughout high school by virtue of playing in the same AAU program in the Tidewater region of Virginia, White and Powell literally showed up together when they arrived on the Hilltop.
"I called Andrea and asked if we were doing this together, and she said `yeah', so we kind of did go to the same school on purpose," Powell remembered about their recruitment.
Even though they had a built in best friend on campus from day one, they still faced the same struggles of fitting into a new environment.
"When I first came here I was a confused freshmen trying to learn the system, I don't think any of the freshmen got it their first year but then as you grow you seem to pick it up," White admitted.
On the court White is a low post presence that has earned BIG EAST Player of the Week awards with Powell pulling the strings as the leader in the backcourt. Off the court the two complement each other equally as well with Powell being outgoing and White maintaining a soft spoken personality that even earned her the nickname `Silent'.
"I know what she likes, what she doesn't and she knows what I like, what I don't and I think that just made our bond even tighter," Powell explained.
"Double-doubles every game, consistent BIG EAST honors - Player of the Week, just different things along those lines and I enjoy playing with her," Powell said about their on-court relationship.
Powell also playfully volunteered that without her point guard skills White wouldn't be where she is right now as the team's leading scorer and featured player. She maintained a straight face for only a few seconds before busting out a big smile after that bold proclamation about her teammate and best friend.
One of the biggest life lessons White has learned over her four years as a student athlete at Georgetown is how to manage the clock both with and without the help of a referee.
"Time management would be an important one," White said when asked on an area she has improved on since freshmen year. "You definitely have to learn that being a student-athlete and doing academics here at Georgetown. So that I think is key to being successful here."
On a teaching level I've gotten better from freshman year to now," Powell said as her role has changed throughout her time with the Hoyas.
With a few games left to go in the season, White took the time to take a trip down memory lane and recite the moment that sticks out the most to her during her time with the Hoyas.
"My favorite memory would have to be the Sweet 16 game against UConn freshmen year. Just the atmosphere, the excitement, we were close to beating them but it didn't work out that way but it was still just an exciting experience."
So while White and Powell were on track to star on the hardwood at McDonough Arena from the start, Jasmine Motton took the long road to getting on the court.
"I always had hopes of playing but it just didn't work out," said the guard from Houston.
For three seasons Motton managed to stay around the game of basketball that she loved as a team manager. She got the towels and water bottles for the players but never did she put on the blue and gray on gameday
A coaching change, some transition within the program, and perhaps a little luck would forever change things for Motton right before what was to be her final season serving on the sidelines.
"It was my senior year, my last year, I thought I'd give it one more try and fortunately Coach Lewis said yes - it's history from there," Motton said.
Both White and Powell remembered the moment that Coach Lewis announced Motton's status on the team as one of the best moments of the offseason.
"I think I cried with her," Powell remembered about the moment she learned about the news.
Besides never giving up on a dream, Motton feels four years in the Georgetown women's basketball program has taught her to always live in the moment. Having ridden the highs of being in the national rankings and making the NCAA Tournament to going through a string of close losses as seniors, Motton understands how vital the `now' can be both as an athlete and a person.
"The biggest thing that I've learned is the essence of now. It's really been prevalent in my time at Georgetown
As the season winds down, the trio of seniors hope to build off of a season-best win over then-No.22 St. John's on Feb. 18.
"St. John's was one of the first times where we were really able to get over the hump," Motton explained.
"It solidified in our minds that we can do this. We can get over that hump, we can be successful. For us to beat the number one team in the conference, it just restores our faith in what our coaches our doing and lets us know that the work we are doing in practice and outside of practice isn't in vain."
White and Powell agreed.
"I think it gives us momentum going into the BIG EAST Championship," White explained. "It really just gives us confidence going forward and hopefully we'll be able to make a run."
"I think St. John's was a turning point," Powell added. "I think losing as many close games as we've lost and then beating St. John's at home, that was a wake up call."
No matter what postseason fate awaits these Hoyas, the senior trio of White, Powell, and Motton will forever be remembered as key members that went far above the normal duties for seniors as Georgetown transitioned in a reconfigured BIG EAST Conference.
"I want to be remembered as a leader, someone who just helps their other teammates trying to get better, doing whatever I can to make the program successful," White said about what she hopes is her lasting legacy.
"I think it was really important for our seniors to maintain stability among the team," Powell added.
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