Hoyas 14-4 start inspired by late coach Tasha Butts

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WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — It’s been about three months since the passing of Georgetown women’s basketball head coach Tasha Butts. With their play on the court and their growth off of it, the Hoyas believe, they’re making Butts proud.

“I think she’d be very proud but I think she’d say we have a long way to go and to not get complacent and we definitely our defense to be better and there’s a lot of things we need to be better at right now,” Georgetown senior guard Kelsey Ransom said. “I think she’d be proud, but we have a lot to improve on and we know that and we always see her in the back of our minds telling us what we’re supposed to do.”

With a 77-49 win over Xavier on Saturday, the Hoyas improved to 14-4 overall (4-3 Big East), showing glimpses of what head coach Darnell Haney wants to see.

“In spurts today we looked like we had a chance to vie for a tournament spot. In spurts,” Haney said. “At times we were in a rhythm and we’re going to play that drum over and over and over again, and if you get outside of our system and what we do, the drum stops. So we got to do that more consistently and I think we’ll be good.”

As the team piles up wins, Haney continues to carry on Butts’ philosophy.

“How she wanted to help these young people, that’s what this is really about. Basketball takes care of itself. What she wanted to do for these young women, I was on board with it. If I wasn’t on board with it, I wouldn’t have been here,” Haney said. “I was brought here to help her, right? And now this is I have to do. It’s just bottom line, but it’s about helping these young women in life.”

At 14-4, the Hoyas have reached last season’s win total. The team said after Saturday’s win, that the groundwork Butts laid, has led to their success.

“I think that it’s shaped our identity into who we are. We’ve always loved each other and Coach Tasha brought in really amazing pieces that fit perfectly into what we already returned and it comes down to just having that unwavering care and love for each other that allows to then be hard on each other and compete every day in practice,” graduate forward Graceann Bennett said. “Because we know that that’s what’s coming from Coach Haney and ultimately also what Coach Butts wanted was to see us just work hard every day.”

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