Jan. 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad will open BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday against the Providence College Friars in a 2 p.m., matchup at Alumni Hall. The Hoyas concluded non-conference play on Wednesday with a win over Temple to currently sit at 9-4 overall.
On Monday, senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week. It marked her second time this season.
Rodgers had 38 points in 38 minutes in the Hoyas' win over Yale on Friday. She made 13 field goals, shooting 48 percent from the floor, while connecting on 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Rodgers also netted four 3-point field goals. She added six rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block in the win.
The 38 points were a season high for Rodgers and one shy of her career high. The senior guard leads the league in scoring, averaging 25.5 ppg.
The Hoyas are 9-4 on the season and have won five of the last seven games. In their last outing, Georgetown held on to defeat the Temple University Owls, 66-58, at McDonough Arena. Rodgers led the way with 21 points and 10 boards for the double-double, while junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) added 11 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and five steals. Sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) posted 13 points, while junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) had 11 points and seven boards in 37 minutes.
The Hoyas are 5-1 at home this season and host the first conference game at McDonough Arena on January 9 against the University of Connecticut.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers, who is also the BIG EAST's leader. The shooting guard is averaging 25.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg as well as posting 48 steals and 37 assists. She is also shooting 80.2 percent at the line. White is second with 11.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounds out the top three with 7.4 ppg. Powell is leading the team with 45 assists to her credit and is averaging 6.6 ppg.
The Hoyas have forced 323 turnovers in 13 games.
Providence (5-8) defeated Lafayette, 66-54, on December 30 to capture the Fordham Holiday Classic Tournament title at Rose Hill Gym in Bronx, N.Y. Sophomore Tori Rule was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while senior Symone Roberts was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Roberts finished with a game-high 16 points and added four rebounds, five steals and two assists. Rule and senior Brianna Edwards each recorded 13 points for the Friars. Rule led Providence on the boards with seven rebounds.
The Hoyas are 23-27 all-time against the Friars and 10-14 in Providence. In the last meeting, Georgetown won, 66-39, at McDonough Arena as Tia Magee had 17 points and 10 boards to lead the way. In the previous meeting at Providence, the Hoyas won by a score of 49-45. GU has won the previous 10 meetings.
Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., at Alumni Hall on Saturday. Live stats and a webcast will be available through Providence's athletic website.