May 18, 2012
"God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."
Reciting this prayer was a pregame ritual for the Georgetown women's basketball team for the past four years, instilling the concept of change in the hearts of each player so they believed that they would be able to make a difference.
On Saturday, the women's basketball program will lose seven of the most remarkable players that stepped foot on campus.
Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison), Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks), Tommacina McBride (Cincinnati, Ohio./Mount Notre Dame), Amanda Reese (New Orleans, La./ Episcopal School of Houston), Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy), Morgan Williams (Dickinson, Texas/Dickinson) and Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) have spent the past four years of their lives working to turn around a once struggling program.
And turn it around, is exactly what they did.
This past season the Blue & Gray advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Georgia Tech, with three of the seven seniors in the starting line-up. The trip marked the Hoyas' third-consecutive NCAA appearance making the seven the most successful class in program history.
The phrase blood, sweat and tears is only one example of the amount of hunger, thirst and desire these seven student-athletes brought with them as they recognized they had the opportunity to establish a name not only for themselves, but for the program.
"The coaches provided me with an opportunity, but an opportunity is just that unless you choose to do something with it. We decided that was what we were going to do. End of story," said Crawford.
In 2010-11, the seven contributed to Georgetown's national acclaim taking the Hoyas to the Sweet 16 and posted a 24-11 record for the season. The Sweet 16 appearance marked just the second in program history.
Even though each student-athlete had different factors play a part in their decision to attend Georgetown, they shared one common thread; an opportunity to make a difference.
"I wasn't concerned about the current state of the program, I knew that once they got me in there and put a ball in my hand, we were going to win games," stated Wright.
All the girls shared this we can-do attitude.
Since their arrival on the Hilltop the seven made it a point to let the world know that Georgetown women's basketball could contend with top teams, making their way to the quarterfinals of the WNIT during their breakout season in 2008-09 and marking its first 20-win season since 1992-93.
"We knew that if we didn't do things right in the games, we were going to run in practice. It was never okay to lose, and if we did, please believe practice was going to be death," said Wright.
In 2009-10, the Hoyas made its first of three appearances in the NCAA tournament. They were knocked out by Baylor in the second round, but earning an NCAA berth proved that Georgetown would be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
The seven said goodbye to the court and their teammates at the end of the season banquet where Wright, Roche and Crawford were announced as team award winners.
Magee, Roche and Crawford were also recognized as BIG EAST Academic All-Stars.
Next in life, their focus turns to conquering careers in coaching, playing overseas, graduate schools, journalism and physical therapy.
The Serendipitous Seven were indeed a talisman for the Georgetown Women's basketball program. They came to the Hilltop with dreams and desires, breathed new life into the program, marked their territory, changed mindsets, set the stage for future success and earned the right to join the Hilltop legends.