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March 19, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. - The fifth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad participated in the NCAA Tournament's media opportunity and open practice Friday as a lead up to Saturday's first round matchup between the Hoyas and the 12th-seeded Marist College Red Foxes. The Blue and Gray will tipoff against the Red Foxes at 8:21 ET on Saturday, the game will be televised on ESPN2.
"This is incredibly exciting and it's great for the Georgetown program," said Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "I haven't made this happen on my own. We've had a consistent coaching staff and brought some really good players to get to this point."
The Hoyas are 25-6 on the season making this year the most successful in program history. Georgetown has been in the national rankings since early January and is currently sitting at No. 13 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.
Georgetown closed out the regular season with a commanding 71-49 victory over Seton Hall to finish tied for second in the BIG EAST with West Virginia earning the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. This marked the highest seed ever under Williams-Flournoy. The Hoyas had a double bye before facing sixth-seeded Rutgers where GU fell in double overtime, 63-56. It marked the second year in the row the Hoyas had an early exit from the conference tourney despite playing a lower seed. Last year, Georgetown was eliminated by Seton Hall in the opening round of the tournament but found new life in the WNIT advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to Boston College. It marked the first postseason play for the Hoyas since 1992-93 and the furthest the squad has ever gone in a postseason tournament besides the BIG EAST.
The Blue & Gray has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament only once prior, during the 1992-93 season. This was Williams-Flournoy's first year as an assistant on the Hilltop. That season, the Hoyas fell in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament
to a lower-seeded Providence squad, 82-81. The Hoyas regrouped earning a bid in the 48-team tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 defeating Northern Iowa (76-74), Williams-Flournoy's alma mater Penn State (68-67) and eventually falling to Virginia 77-57. This is a historic year for the Hoyas marking the only other NCAA bid as well as national ranking in program history.
The Red Foxes are 26-7 on the season and won the MAAC to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament, their fifth in as many years. Georgetown has faced Marist once in program history. The Hoyas defeated the Red Foxes during the 2000-01 season, 74-50, at the DePaul Tournament.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8:21 ET at Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Cara Capuano on the call and Kayte Christensen doing color.
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