Jan. 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) posted the first triple-double in program history as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad defeated the Providence College Friars, 79-64, in the teams' BIG EAST opener at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Rodgers had 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists along with six steals and going 13-of-24 from the field.
Rodgers' feat marks just the 18th triple-double in BIG EAST Conference history and the first for the conference this season. Only four players in NCAA history have had more points in a triple-double.
"Sugar was absolutely fabulous today with the triple-double," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "I don't think people always realize what a versatile player she is and today proves once again that her name deserves to be mentioned as one of the best in the country."
Providence struck first, but the Hoyas' stifling defense allowed GU to stay in the game with three steals in just four minutes.
A 9-0 run from the Friars made it 17-10, but the Hoya defense continued to make the difference forcing turnovers and getting buckets on the other end as three consecutive PC turnovers helped cut the lead to one, 17-16. Midway through the half, Georgetown had forced nine turnovers on eight steals and posted a 6-0 run to get back in the game.
PC answered with four 3-pointers as the Hoyas looked down low for points and the Friars took a 30-20 lead.
Georgetown continued to battle and used a late 7-0 run to tie it up at 36 as the squads went into the break. Fouls hurt the Hoyas who allowed PC 8-of-11 shooting at the line, but defense made up for it with 13 steals on 16 turnovers in the first.
Rodgers was the difference for the Blue & Gray with 20 first-half points as well as six rebounds, four steals and four assists.
Georgetown opened the second half with a 10-4 run including six points from junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) who scored no points in the first and tallied a quick 10 to begin the second.
A 9-0 GU run gave the Hoyas the 55-42 lead as the tempo and pressure began to frazzle the Friars.
Georgetown tallied layup after layup as the trio of Powell, Rodgers and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) found each other on the break and on backdoors.
A 7-0 run spanning four minutes allowed Providence to cut it to nine, 61-52, but a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) once again made it a double-digit lead.
Down the stretch, Providence cut it to eight on a three from Symone Roberts at 3:30 but the Hoyas stayed calm and looked down low while taking advantage of free throw opportunities.
A late steal and layup, a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Jasmine Jackson (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and penetration by Rodgers sealed the victory as the Hoyas went on to win, 79-64.
Rodgers had an impressive game with 33 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals combined with going 13-of-24 from the floor. Powell added 15 points, all coming in the second half, and White had 12 points along with four steals.
Georgetown shot 54.5 percent for the game and forced 30 turnovers on 20 steals while allowing the Friars just 38.6 percent shooting from the field.
"Our girls are getting to the point where they understand what we want to do, but what we really wanted them to see was the importance of winning the first BIG EAST game. These are the games you need to win to position yourself for the tournament which is our ultimate goal," said Brown. "Sugar was obviously outstanding, Samisha played one of the best second halves this year and Andrea was tough on the boards. Overall we gave a great effort as a team and we just need to focus on minimizing mistakes."
Roberts led the way for Providence with 18 points.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday as the squad hosts the No. 1/1 University of Connecticut Huskies. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at McDonough Arena. The game will be televised live on SNY. Live stats and a webcast will also be available through www.GUHoyas.com.
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