Rodgers Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll
Feb. 1, 2010
WASHINGTON - Ta'Shauna "Sugar" Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) earned her second nod to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 25.0 ppg last week as Georgetown went 1-1. The No. 18/15 Hoyas will host the No. 25/RV St. John's Red Storm on Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Blue & Gray is tied for second in the BIG EAST standings as conference play heats up.
Rodgers led the Hoyas past Rutgers scoring 27 points in the 59-50 victory. The freshman was just two shy of her career-best which came at Central Michigan earlier this season. She had five rebounds and three steals in the win over the Scarlet Knights hitting five three's and going 4-of-6 from the line. At Marquette, Rodgers posted 23 points along with two assists. She has earned four BIG EAST Rookie of the Week awards already this season and is currently leading the conference in scoring averaging 19.0 ppg.
Georgetown is 18-3 on the season and 7-1 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas have been one of the best defensive squads in the country this season averaging 14.3 steals per page and posting a +9.0 turnover margin. The Blue & Gray is led by Rodgers and junior captain Monica McNutt (Suitland, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) is averaging 11.7 ppg. Senior Jaleesa Butler has a team-high 7.1 rpg to her credit.
St. John's is 18-3 overall and 6-2 in the BIG EAST with conference losses against Cincinnati and West Virginia. Sophomore Da'Shena Stevens leads the squad averaging 14.4 ppg and ranks second in rebounds with 7.6 rpg. Freshman Shenneika Smith is second in scoring with 12.1 ppg and was named this week's BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after averaging 18.0 ppg in two Red Storm victories.
Georgetown is 26-21 all-time against the Red Storm and has won the three previous meetings. The Hoyas are 15-8 against St. John's at home. Last season, Georgetown defeated the Red Storm 64-48 at Carnesecca Arena. Karee Houlette led the way with 22 points while Butler added 14 and Shanice Fuller (Chesapeake, Md./Indian River) contributed 11. McNutt posted a team-best nine rebounds and Monique McLean led the way for St. John's with 15 points.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Drew Wiseman will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.