Jan. 8, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad will host its BIG EAST Conference home opener on Wednesday evening against the No. 3/2 University of Connecticut Huskies in a 7:30 p.m., matchup at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas opened BIG EAST play on Saturday with a win at Providence College to currently sit at 10-4 overall and 1-0 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Wednesday's contest will be broadcast live on SNY with Andrew Catalon and Meg Culmo calling the action.
On Monday, senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. It marked her fifth nod to the honor roll this season.
Rodgers had a huge week for the Hoyas tallying the first triple-double in program history in a 79-64 win over Providence. She had 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists along with six steals. In the 66-58 victory over Temple earlier in the week, she led the Hoyas with 21 points and posted 10 rebounds for the double-double. For the week, Rodgers averaged an impressive 27.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg.
This week, Rodgers moved into the top scoring spot in the nation leading the country averaging 26.1 ppg
The Hoyas are 10-4 on the season and have won six of the last eight games. In their last outing, Georgetown opened BIG EAST Conference play with a 79-64 victory at Providence College. Rodgers led the way with a triple-double tallying 33 points, 12 boards and 12 assists, while junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) added 15 points and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) managed 12 points. Georgetown had 20 steals forcing 30 turnovers and shooting 54.4 percent from the field.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers. The shooting guard is averaging 26.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg as well as posting 54 steals and 49 assists. She is also shooting 79.4.2 percent at the line. White is second with 11.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg, while Powell rounds out the top three with 7.2 ppg as well as 47 assists. Senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) is averaging 7.1 ppg as well as 5.9 rpg.
The Hoyas have forced 353 turnovers in 14 games.
Connecticut is 12-1 on the season and 0-1 in BIG EAST play after suffering the first loss of the year on Saturday as the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the top-ranked Huskies, 73-72, at Gampel Pavilion. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and junior Stephanie Dolson both had 17 points and eight rebounds while senior Kelly Faris added 13 points and 11 boards for the double-double. UND has won five of the past six meetings with the Huskies.
UConn is led by Mosqueda-Lewis who is averaging 16.9 ppg. Freshman Breanna Stewart is second with 14.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg, while Dolson is averaging 12.3 ppg as well as 6.8 rpg. Faris rounds out the top four with 10 ppg.
The Hoyas are 6-44 all-time against the Huskies and 4-18 at McDonough Arena. The teams have only met once in Washington, D.C., in the past four meetings after playing in the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament, the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 and last year at Gampel Pavilion. In the last meeting, Georgetown fell, 80-38, but in the last meeting at McDonough Arena, the Hoyas lost 52-42.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com. Fans can watch the game live on SNY with Andrew Catalon and Meg Culmo on the call.
Tickets are still available through Georgetown's Athletic Ticket Office.