No. 11 Hoyas Tip Off BIG EAST Tournament on Friday

Dominique Vitalis

March 7, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The 11th-seeded Georgetown University women's basketball squad will open BIG EAST Tournament play on Friday at 8 p.m., at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Georgetown ended the regular with a mark of 14-15 overall and 5-11 in BIG EAST play to earn the 11th seed. The Hoyas will face the 14th-seeded Providence College Friars who fell to sixth-seeded Villanova University on Monday.

Friday's game will be available live online at BIGEAST.tv. Fans looking for the link can also visit the conference's championship central webpage for more information.

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Rodgers Scores Georgetown's First Triple-Double as Hoyas Win BIG EAST Opener
Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) posted the first triple-double in program history as the Georgetown University women's basketball squad defeated the Providence College Friars, 79-64, in the teams' BIG EAST opener at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Rodgers had 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists along with six steals and going 13-of-24 from the field.

A tough shooting night resulted in a loss for the squad Monday evening at McDonough Arena in the team's regular season finale. The Hoyas fell to the University of South Florida Bulls (20-9, 9-7 BIG EAST), 63-35, to finish off the regular season with a record of 14-15 overall and 5-11 in BIG EAST Conference play.

The tilt also marked the last game at home for seniors Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork), Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) and Vanessa Moore (Hackettstown, N.J./Pope John XXIII). Rodgers leaves the Hilltop as one of the best players to wear the Blue & Gray.

Rodgers led all scorers with 20 points including four 3-pointers. Freshman forward Dominique Vitalis (Bloomfield, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) managed five points and two steals, while Moore pulled down a team-best eight rebounds. Georgetown struggled from the field hitting just 16.7 percent, but the defense held the Bulls to 29.4 percent shooting. The Hoyas were outrebounded, 59-41, and forced 18 USF turnovers.

 

 

Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers. The shooting guard is averaging 22.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg as well as posting 101 steals and 120 assists. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) is second with 10.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg, while Wilson rounds out the top three with 6.6 ppg as well as 5.2 rpg.

Georgetown is 12-26 at the BIG EAST Tournament in 27 appearances. 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.

Earlier this season, Georgetown opened BIG EAST Conference play with a 79-64 victory at Providence College. Rodgers led the way with the first triple-double in program history tallying 33 points, 12 boards and 12 assists, while junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) added 15 points and White managed 12 points. Georgetown had 20 steals forcing 30 turnovers and shooting 54.4 percent from the field.

Georgetown is 24-27 all-time against the Friars and 0-6 in the BIG EAST Tournament.

The winner of Friday's game would play sixth-seeded Villanova at 8 p.m., on Saturday. The advancing team will then face No. 3 Syracuse on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. GU is 1-1 all-time in the tournament against Villanova and 4-1 against Syracuse.

Fans can watch the game live online at BIGEAST.tv.

Friday's tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., at the XL Center. Live stats will be available through the women's basketball schedule and BIG EAST Championship Central at www.GUHoyas.com.

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