Fourth-Seeded Hoyas Open BIG EAST Tournament Play

Tia Magee

March 3, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn. - The fourth-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad will open BIG EAST Tournament play on Sunday at noon at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Georgetown ended the regular season in a tie for fourth with West Virginia and earned the fourth seed in the tournament. The Hoyas will face the fifth-seeded West Virginia University Mountaineers who downed twelfth-seeded Syracuse University on Saturday.

Sunday's game will be televised live on ESPNU with Beth Mowins on play-by-play and Brooke Weisbrod doing color for the contest.

Georgetown fell to the No. 18/21 St. John's University Red Storm on Monday evening, 55-45, to finish the regular season with a record of 22-7 and 11-5 in conference play. The Hoyas led at halftime, but couldn't pull out the victory against the Red Storm.

Junior Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) had a team-best 13 points and seven rebounds. Georgetown struggled from the field shooting 27.1 percent, and were outrebounded 44-31. The defense forced St. John's into 22 turnovers on nine steals.

The Hoyas are currently ranked No. 12 in the AP Poll and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Rodgers has led the Hoyas in points in 23 of 29 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 19.1 ppg to lead the BIG EAST, 5.3 rpg to rank third on the team and has a squad-high 65 steals. Rodgers also shoots a team-high 83.3 percent from the free throw line and ranks second in assists with 52.

Senior forward Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) is second on the squad in points and rebounds with 11.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg. Senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta) is averaging 7.4 ppg, while senior guard Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) is averaging 4.5 ppg to round out the top four. Wright also leads the Georgetown squad with 130 assists.

 

 

Georgetown is 12-25 at the BIG EAST Tournament in 26 appearances with only four of those coming under Williams-Flournoy. Georgetown is 1-4 under Williams-Flournoy defeating No. 9 Syracuse, 61-60, last year before falling to No. 1 Connecticut, 59-43, in the quarterfinals.

The furthest the Hoyas have ever gone is the semifinals, and in 1999 GU advanced three rounds to the semifinals. Georgetown has never won the BIG EAST Tournament or made it to the championship game and has only had one player in history named to the All-Tournament team.

2012 marks the third-consecutive year that Georgetown earned a bye in the conference tournament and the second in the past three seasons that the Hoyas have received the double bye.

The Hoyas defeated West Virginia, 64-54, in Morgantown, W. Va., during the regular season. Magee had a big second half for the Blue & Gray scoring 17 points. Georgetown is 13-9 all-time against the Mountaineers and 1-0 in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Fans can watch the game live on ESPNU. It will also be available online on ESPN Full Court or ESPN3.com.

Sunday's tipoff is scheduled for noon at the XL Center. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.

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