Feb. 26, 2012
The No. 15/13 Georgetown University women's basketball squad (22-6, 11-4 BIG EAST) will play the No. 20/25 St. John's University Red Storm (20-8, 12-3 BIG EAST) on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., at McDonough Arena in the teams' regular season finales. Both squads have clinched a double bye in the BIG EAST Tournament, but neither has solidified a seeding.
On Saturday, Georgetown defeated Syracuse University, 65-62, in exciting fashion in Syracuse, N.Y. After trailing much of the game, senior guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) came on late to lead the Hoyas with 21 points, while senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) added 14. Senior forward Tia Magee(Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.
Rodgers has led the Hoyas in points in 22 of 28 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 19.3 ppg to lead the BIG EAST, 5.4 rpg to rank third on the team and has a squad-high 64 steals. Rodgers also shoots a team-high 83.3 percent from the free throw line and ranks second in assists with 50.
Magee is second on the squad in points and rebounds with 11.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Wright is averaging 7.7 ppg, while freshman guard Taylor Brown(Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) is averaging 4.5 ppg to round out the top four. Wright also leads the Georgetown squad with 122 assists.
The Red Storm is 20-8 on the year and 12-3 in conference play. In its previous game, St. John's defeated the Villanova University Wildcats, 69-49, in Queens, N.Y. Senior forward Da'Shena Stevens led the way with 21 points, while junior guard Eugeneia McPherson added 13 points. Junior guard Shennika Smith had 10 points and a team-best eight boards for the Red Storm who shot 47.9 percent in the game.
Smith is leading the squad with 12.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Junior guard Nadirah McKenith is averaging 12.2 ppg, while McPherson and Stevens are averaging 12.1 and 11.2 ppg, respectively.
Georgetown is 27-22 all-time against St. John's and 16-8 at home. Last year, the Hoyas fell to the Red Storm, 75-71, in overtime in Queens, N.Y. Sugar Rodgers had 23 points and Tia Mageeadded 16 in the loss. In the last meeting at McDonough Arena, Georgetown won, 67-57. GU has won four of the past five meetings between the squads.
Tipoff on Monday is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Fans can watch live on www.GUHoyas.com with Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein calling the action. Live stats will also be available.
Tickets are available at the Georgetown University Athletic Ticket Office. All Georgetown faculty and staff will get in free with their Go Card.