With the regular season winding down and the Georgetown men’s basketball team’s (14-11, 7-5 Big East) NCAA Tournament hopes gradually fading away with it, each game remaining on its schedule has become more important. Next up for the Hoyas is a trip to Providence, R.I. to face the Providence Friars (18-7, 6-6 Big East), a team that has been struggling ever since coming into Verizon Center two weeks ago and defeating Georgetown by a score of 73-69.
Since that game, the Friars have lost three straight games to DePaul (8-16, 2-10 Big East), No. 1 Villanova (21-3, 11-1 Big East) and Marquette (16-9, 5-7 Big East). As a result, the Friars have gone from ranking No. 10 in the nation to No. 20, behind other Big East teams such as Villanova and No. 5 Xavier (21-3, 9-3 Big East).
Georgetown, coming off a thoroughly dominant 92-67 performance at home against St. John’s (7-18, 0-12 Big East) on Monday, has a chance to bring Providence’s conference record to below .500 with a win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this Saturday. With its own conference record at 7-5, Georgetown sits in a three-way tie for third place with Seton Hall (17-7, 7-5 Big East) and Creighton (16-9, 7-5 Big East). The Hoyas must win on Saturday to keep pace in the race behind Villanova and Xavier to hold onto third place in the regular season standings — especially with Providence just one game behind Hoyas in the conference standings at 6-6.
The collegiate careers of the four seniors on the Georgetown women’s basketball team (13-10, 6-7 Big East) will come to a close at the conclusion of this season. For each of them, the final time they take the court in a Georgetown uniform will be meaningful, but for two in particular, that moment will be especially significant. For guard/forward Logan Battle and guard Katie McCormick, their final game as Hoyas will also mark the final chapter in a decade-long story.
Battle and McCormick have played basketball together since they were 12 years old. Despite growing up more than 60 miles apart — Battle is from Springfield, Va. and McCormick is from Leonardtown, Md. — each made the choice early on to play for the Fairfax Stars, an elite AAU program based in Fairfax, Va.
From the ages of 12 to 16, Battle and McCormick rose through the Stars organization together and made countless memories along the way. In looking back on their time as AAU teammates, they recall unforgettable wins on the court — and shenanigans off the court — with seemingly equal levels of nostalgia.
“We won a big tournament in Chicago during our final year of AAU, which was amazing. But we’ve also ridden in shopping carts in parking lots,” Battle said. “We did all kinds of different stuff.”
The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team is set to play its season opener at home against the University of Delaware this afternoon. Last season, the Hoyas shared the Big East regular season title with then-No. 1 Florida and finished with a 7-10 record. Georgetown just barely missed qualifying to play in the national post-season tournament after a tough 11-10 loss to the University of Connecticut.
In total, the Hoyas return eight starters from the 2015 season, including senior midfielder Kristen Bandos, senior defender Kassandra Bowling and senior attack Corinne Etchison, who are set to lead their team as tri-captains. Georgetown was picked to finish third in the Big East by the league’s coaches in the 2016 preseason poll, with Bandos and Etchison being selected as a part of the Preseason All-Big East Team.
Bandos was named to the first team last season after leading the Hoyas with 29 goals and playing in all 17 games. Etchison was a Second Team All-Big East honoree after starting in all 17 games and was fourth on her team in scoring with 18 goals and nine assists.