Jan. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 19/17 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (15-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) will host the University of Louisville Cardinals (15-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m., at McDonough Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins on the call and Kara Lawson doing color.
On Monday, junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) earned her third nod to the BIG EAST Honor Roll so far this season. Rodgers averaged 18.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. In a loss to No. 2/2 Notre Dame, Rodgers had 13 points. In a win against Syracuse, she had 23 points and five rebounds, shooting 53 percent from the floor and 57 percent from behind the arc, making four 3-pointers.
Rodgers' honor was her third honor roll award of the season after spending two-consecutive weeks on the BIG EAST Honor Roll in December. She has also earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors on three occasions this season.
On Tuesday, Georgetown downed Marquette, 67-39, at the Al McGuire Center. The Hoyas forced 29 turnovers with 22 steals and held a 48-35 advantage on the boards. Rodgers led the way with 18 points while senior forward Tommacina McBride (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) added a career-best 14. It marked the first victory over Marquette in program history.
Rodgers has led the Hoyas in points in 15 of 19 games so far this season with a high of 39 points in the win over Dartmouth University at the Blue Sky Classic. She is averaging 19.8 ppg to lead the BIG EAST, 5.1 rpg to rank third on the team and has a squad-high 48 steals. She also shoots a squad-high 85.4 percent from the free throw line.
Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) is second on the squad with 11.1 ppg and a team-best 6.8 rpg. Senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) is averaging 7.0 ppg, while freshman Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) is averaging 5.5 ppg to round out the top four. Wright also leads the Georgetown squad with 92 assists.
The Cardinals are 15-4 on the year and 4-2 in conference play. In its last game, UofL defeated Providence, 64-48, at the KFC Yum! Center. Freshman guard Bria Smith led the way with 12 points, while senior guard Becky Burke added 11 points and sophomore guard Antonita Slaughter posted 10. Junior forward Asia Taylor had a squad-best 10 rebounds.
The Cardinals have three active players averaging in double figures. Sophomore guard Shoni Schimmel is leading the squad with 13.0 ppg, while Burke and Smith are averaging 11.9 and 11.1 ppg, respectively. Sophomore center Cierra Warren has a team-best 4.8 rpg.
Georgetown is 2-4 all-time against Louisville with a mark of 1-1 at McDonough Arena. GU has won the last two meetings including a 76-52 victory last season in Kentucky. In that contest, the Hoyas trailed, 30-19, at half coming back to shoot 67.7 percent in the second for the win. Rodgers scored 26 points in the contest.
Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins on the call and Kara Lawson doing color. A webcast is available on ESPN3.
Fans can listen live on www.GUHoyas.com with Ryan Sakamoto and Georgetown alum Monica McNutt calling the action. Live stats will also be available.
Tickets are available at the Georgetown University Athletic Ticket Office.