Feb. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 14/13 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (19-5, 8-3 BIG EAST) will play the No. 3/3 University of Connecticut Huskies (22-2, 10-1 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks including MASN and SNY as part of the BIG EAST package with Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson on the call.
On Monday, junior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) earned her fifth nod to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this season. Rodgers had 19 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists and two steals in a win at Cincinnati. The guard also went 8-of-10 from the line.
Rodgers' award was her fifth 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 Wednesday, Georgetown defeated Seton Hall, 56-51 at McDonough Arena. Rodgers led the way with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. It marked her first double-double of the season. In the Cincinnati win, the Hoyas forced 24 turnovers with 11 steals and shot 39.1 percent. Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) scored her 1,000th-career point in the win with 18 points and five rebounds as well as four steals.
Rodgers has led the Hoyas in points in 19 of 24 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 19.9 ppg to lead the BIG EAST, 5.5 rpg to rank third on the team and has a squad-high 59 steals. Rodgers also shoots a team-high 82.0 percent from the free throw line and ranks second in assists with 43.
Magee is second on the squad with 11.8 ppg and a team-best 6.1 rpg. Senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) is averaging 7.2 ppg, while freshman guard Taylor Brown (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) is averaging 5.0 ppg to round out the top four. Wright also leads the Georgetown squad with 108 assists.
The Huskies are 22-2 on the year and 10-1 in conference play winning their last 10 games. In its previous game, Connecticut defeated the No. 20/17 University of Louisville Cardinals, 56-46, in Louisville, Ky. Junior guard Caroline Doty led the way with 15 points, while senior guard Tiffany Hayes added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Hayes is leading the squad with 15.8 ppg, while sophomore guard Bria Hartley is averaging 14.0 ppg. The Huskies have four players averaging in double figures. Sophomore center Stephanie Dolson has posted a team-best 6.2 rpg, respectively.
Georgetown is 6-43 all-time against Connecticut and 2-21 on the road. Last year, the Hoyas and Huskies met three times. In the regular season at McDonough Arena, GU fell, 52-42. At XL Center in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, the Blue & Gray lost, 59-43. Finally, the squads met in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Despite leading for much of the contest, GU couldn't pull off the upset falling, 68-63.
Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks including MASN and SNY as part of the BIG EAST package with Bob Picozzi and LaChina Robinson on the call.
Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.