Feb. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad will host the Villanova University Wildcats on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Hoyas are currently 13-11 overall and 4-7 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Saturday is also Georgetown's Play4Kay Day. The 2013 Play 4Kay initiative (formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone) is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is the official charity of the initiative.
The Hoyas will also be celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.
Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports. NGWSD is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition. The Coalition combines the experience and resources of four premiere girls- and women-serving organizations in the United States: Girls Incorporated, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, National Women's Law Center, and the Women's Sports Foundation. Collectively, these organizations have been in existence for over 432 years and have a membership reach of 5.5 million girls and women.
In its last outing, Georgetown dropped another tough decision falling 69-60 to the No. 23/21 Syracuse University Orange Tuesday evening at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas led by as much as eight, but couldn't stop a second-half run. Freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) led the way with 15 points and eight boards, while freshman guard Katie McCormick (Leonardtown, Md./Saint Mary's Ryken) added 14 points with seven rebounds. Senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounded out the top three scoring 12 points and pulling down eight boards.
Georgetown outrebounded Syracuse, 50-48, and shot 33.9 percent from the field while allowing 27.3 percent from the Orange. The difference was in turnovers as GU committed 27 and forced just 18.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is senior Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork). The shooting guard is averaging 22.5 ppg and 7.2 rpg as well as posting 84 steals and 95 assists. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) is second with 10.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg, while Wilson rounds out the top three with 7.1 ppg as well as 5.5 rpg.
The Wildcats enter play with a 17-7 overall record and a 6-5 mark in BIG EAST play. VU is led by Laura Sweeney who leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg.), rebounding (6.7 rpg.), field goal percentage (.530), steals (57) and blocks (45). Rachel Roberts ranks second in scoring at 10.6 points per game.
The Hoyas are 19-32 all-time against the Wildcats and 12-10 at home. Last year, the Hoyas won, 60-54, in Pennsylvania. Rodgers led the way with 19 points, while Rubylee Wright added 12. In the last meeting at McDonough Arena, GU won by a score of 60-44.
Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Monica McNutt will be available through GUHoyas.com. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support Play4Kay.