Feb. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - Freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Monday as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad prepare to host the No. 24/22 Syracuse University Orange on Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. The Hoyas are currently 13-10 overall and 4-5 in BIG EAST Conference play.
In its last outing, the squad showed resilience time and time again, but in the end it just wasn't enough as the Hoyas fell, 76-72, to the St. John's University Red Storm on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas battled back from 14 points down and came up with some big plays, but eventually lost. Vitalis had a career night with her first double-double on the Hilltop, while senior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) added a squad-best 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) scored 14 points while pulling down five boards and senior center Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII) managed ten rebounds.
Georgetown outrebounded St. John's, 45-38, and shot 39.1 percent for the game.
Vitalis had 21 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes in an overtime loss at St. John's. The game against the Red Storm was her first career start. She shot 46 percent from the floor and made all nine of her free throw attempts. Six of her 11 rebounds were on the offensive end. It marks the first BIG EAST Rookie of the Week award since March 2, 2010.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers. The shooting guard is averaging 23.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg as well as posting 80 steals and 91 assists. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) is second with 10.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounds out the top three with 6.9 ppg as well as 5.3 rpg.
The Orange (19-3, 7-2 BIG EAST) is coming off a 72-48 win at Cincinnati last Tuesday in which senior Elashier Hall became the 23rd player in SU history to reach 1,000 career points. That followed a pair of dominating victories at home, beating Seton Hall on Jan. 30, 65-34, and topping Providence, 75-59, Feb. 2, running its Carrier Dome record to 10-0. Syracuse has its best record in program history through 22 games and has its best record through nine conference games in 25 years.
The Hoyas are 30-25 all-time against the Orange and 18-12 at home. In the first meeting earlier this season, Georgetown dropped an 86-56 decision to the Orange at the Carrier Dome. Rodgers led the way for the Blue & Gray with 17 points and nine rebounds. GU trailed by four at the break, but had a tough second half.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein will be available through GUHoyas.com.