Jan. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad will travel to Syracuse University on Saturday for a BIG EAST Conference matchup with the Orange at the Carrier Dome. The Hoyas are currently 10-5 overall and 1-1 in BIG EAST Conference play. The game marks the beginning of a tough two-game road swing.
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 25.9 ppg
In their last outing, Georgetown fell to the No. 3/2 University of Connecticut Huskies, 75-48, in the BIG EAST home opener. Rodgers led the way with 23 points and nine boards. GU opened BIG EAST Conference play with a 79-64 victory at Providence College. Rodgers posted 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 25.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg as well as posting 56 steals and 50 assists. She is also shooting 77.1 percent at the line. White is second with 11.1 ppg and 5.6 rpg, while senior center Sydney Wilson(Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounds out the top three with 7.3 ppg as well as 5.8 rpg. Powell is averaging 6.7 ppg and has 52 assists on the season.
The Hoyas have forced 372 turnovers in 15 games.
Syracuse is 13-1 on the season and 1-0 in BIG EAST Conference play. The Orange opened BIG EAST play with a 92-79 victory at Marquette on Saturday. Kayla Alexander scored 20 points to give Syracuse the win. Brittney Sykes scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Carmen Tyson-Thomas added 16 points and eight boards and Rachel Coffey scored 15 points on 5-of-8 3-point shooting. With its lead cut to four with 2:29 remaining, the Orange held the Golden Eagles scoreless the rest of the way, scoring the game's final nine points, including 5-of-6 shooting at the free throw line to seal the 13-point victory.
Alexander leads the team with 19.5 ppg as well as 8.1 rpg. Tyson-Thomas is the other player in double figures averaging 10.9 ppg. Syracuse is 6-0 at home so far this season.
The Hoyas are 30-24 all-time against the Orange and 12-13 on the road. Last season, GU won, 65-62, in New York. Three Hoyas scored in double figures including Rodgers who led the team with 21. For the second-consecutive year, Georgetown will face the Orange twice this season. GU has won the past seven meetings including three on the road and one in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., at the Carrier Dome. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Orange's athletic website.