Jan. 21, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad will host a BIG EAST matchup with the Villanova University Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at McDonough Arena. The game is GU's Bring Your A Game promotion where students eighth grade or younger will get in free with an A on their report card as well as Senior Citizen's Day. The Blue & Gray is 14-5 overall and 2-3 in BIG EAST play.
No. 16/17 Georgetown dropped its last game, 80-58, at No. 11/10 Notre Dame on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) led the squad with 15 points and a squad-best six rebounds while junior Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) had 13 points, five rebounds and six assists.
Georgetown cut the deficit to just two points late in the first half, but poor shooting from the free throw line hindered a comeback. The Hoyas were outrebounded, 36-30, and had 21 turnovers in the loss.
Rodgers leads the Hoyas with 18.0 points per game and 44 steals. She is also averaging 5.2 rebounds per game, just ahead of senior Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) who is averaging 4.5 rebounds per game and is GU's second-leading scorer with 11.2 ppg. Wright has recorded a team-high 99 assists on the season and is GU's third-leading scorer averaging 8.4 ppg.
Villanova is 8-10 this season with a record of 0-5 in BIG EAST play. The Wildcats lost to Providence on Wednesday evening, 58-53, in Pennsylvania at The Pavilion. Laura Sweeney led the team with 19 points as well as nine rebounds. Nova had a big second half, but couldn't get the win falling five points short after trailing by ten at the break.
Sweeney leads Villanova with 10.1 points per game as well as a team-best 5.9 rpg. Lindsay Kimmel and Rachel Roberts both average over nine ppg. Devon Kane has posted 43 assists this season, while Sweeney leads the squad in steals with 27.
The Hoyas are 17-32 all-time against the Wildcats including a mark of 16-27 in BIG EAST regular season contests. Last year, the Blue & Gray defeated Wildcats, 70-54, at the Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. Rodgers led Georgetown with 23 points, while Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) added 13 and seven rebounds. GU had nine steals on 11 forced turnovers.
The last meeting at McDonough Arena was during the 2008-09 season when the Hoyas fell to the Wildcats, 58-53. Georgetown has defeated Villanova 11 times at home in the series history.
Fans can enjoy "Kids Take Over McDonough" for all Kid's Club members as well as Senior Citizen's Appreciation Day. All seniors will receive special discounts and players from the NOVA Senior Women's League will be playing at halftime. Additionally, all students eighth grade or younger will get in free by bringing in a copy of their report card with an A on it.
Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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