Jan. 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 20/17 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (15-5, 4-3 BIG EAST) will play the West Virginia University Mountaineers (14-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va.
On Monday, junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) earned her fourth nod to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this season. Rodgers averaged 21.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. In a win at Marquette, she had 18 points, three steals, four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers. In a loss to No. 18/15 Louisville, she had 24 points and four rebounds.
Rodgers' award was her fourth nod to the honor roll this 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. On Sunday, the Hoyas fell to No. 18/15 Louisville, 64-61, despite a late rally.
Rodgers has led the Hoyas in points in 16 of 20 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 20.0 ppg to lead the BIG EAST, 5.1 rpg to rank third on the team and has a squad-high 49 steals. She also shoots a team-high 83.0 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 7.2 ppg after a season-high 15 points against Syracuse, while freshman Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) is averaging 5.3 ppg to round out the top four. Wright also leads the Georgetown squad with 96 assists.
The Mountaineers are 14-5 on the year and 4-2 in conference play. In its last game, WVU defeated the University of Pittsburgh, 54-43, in Morgantown. Sophomore guard Christal Caldwell led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while junior center Asya Bussie added 12 points. WVU has won four of its last five games.
Sophomore guard Taylor Palmer is leading the squad with 13.3 ppg, while Bussie is averaging 12.5 ppg. The Mountaineers have three players averaging double figures including Caldwell with 10.5 ppg. Junior center Ayana Dunning has posted a team-best 7.8 rpg, respectively.
Georgetown is 12-9 all-time against West Virginia and 2-8 on the road. Last year, the Hoyas downed the Mountaineers, 65-60, at McDonough Arena as Rodgers scored 30 and GU forced 23 turnovers. The last game in Morgantown, GU fell 55-46. Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy is 3-5 all-time against WVU.
Tipoff on Tuesday is scheduled for 7 p.m., ET.
Links to video and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.