Dec. 4, 2012
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) became the first women's basketball player in Georgetown history to score 2,000 career points as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad defeated the Monmouth University Hawks, 61-48, at The MAC Tuesday evening. Rodgers is already the program's leading scorer and had 30 points in the contest.
"Sugar's accomplishments are just outstanding," said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "When she came to Georgetown I thought she could get to 2,500 points and now that these things are starting to come to fruition, it's amazing. I just wish more people throughout the country would start to take notice."
The Hoyas used a big second half to get the win.
"We just need to make better decisions in the first half," said Brown. "We've proven that we can regroup and come back from a deficit, but we need to stop putting ourselves in those situations."
The Hoyas used stifling pressure from the beginning of the contest to jump out to a 6-0 lead. The shooting of Alysha Womack got Monmouth right back in it as the Hawks took at 10-8 lead at the 15-minute mark. Monmouth continued to hold the lead as the Hoya offense went cold without a field goal for five minutes. Free throws kept them in it making the score 15-14 midway through the half.
A fast break layup from sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) off of a steal by Rodgers, gave the Blue & Gray the lead back, 16-15, at 9:51. The 6-0 run kept the Hawks without a point for more than eight minutes, but the Hoyas also struggled going scoreless for five minutes.
At the 3:30 mark, Rodgers drove with three seconds on the shot clock and hit an athletic layup to put the Hoyas ahead, 20-18, and give her exactly 2,000 career points.
A late bucket from junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) gave GU a 23-22 lead going into the break.
The start of the second half was Rodgers' time to shine as she opened with 11-consecutive points. The defense stayed solid as Georgetown took a five-point, 32-27, lead at the 15-minute mark.
A series of steals midway through the half gave the Hoyas the opportunity to pull away. Rodgers tipped in a layup, Horne converted a steal and Rodgers pulled up for a three off of the break to make it 41-33 and give GU its largest lead of the game to that point.
Monmouth stayed in it by hitting 3-pointers with more trey's that two-point field goals in the second half. The defense stepped up and forced the Hawks to go cold going almost six minutes without scoring.
Late in the contest, Horne and senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) got into the act as Wilson's turnaround jumper made it 54-43.
From that point on, all Monmouth couldn't recover and the Hoyas cruised to the 61-48 victory.
Rodgers led the way with 30 points, including 25 in the second half, as well as six boards. Horne added nine points.
The Hoyas forced 34 turnovers, but were outrebounded, 38-32, and shot 35.6 percent for the game.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday at No. 10/10 Penn State. Tipoff is scheduled for noon at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be televised live on the Big 10 Network with Lisa Byington and Stephanie White calling the action. Live stats and live audio will also be available through the Lady Lions athletic website.