April 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) was selected 14th overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm held Monday evening at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Rodgers was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx. She was one of 12 prospects invited to be present at the event.
Rodgers' family was in attendance as well as Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown.
Rodgers is one of just three Hoyas from the women's program to be drafted with her selection at No. 14 overall. Rebekkah Brunson was selected 10th overall by the Sacramento Monarchs in 2004. Rodgers will join Brunson on the Minnesota Lynx where she has won one of her two-career WNBA Titles. Additionally, Katie Smrcka-Duffy was chosen by Sacramento in the second round in 2001.
The senior joins a short list of less than 20 players that have gone on to play professionally from the women's basketball program.
Rodgers is the most decorated player in Georgetown women's basketball history with unprecedented accomplishments. Rodgers is a three-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, a four-time First Team All-BIG EAST honoree and considered to be one of the best players in the nation four the past four years.
Rodgers was the only player in Georgetown history to earn First Team All-BIG EAST four times in her career and one of just two to be named All-BIG EAST all four years. Rebekkah Brunson was a two-time honorable mention honoree as a freshman and sophomore before being named to the first team as a junior and senior.
She is the all-time leading scorer with 2,518 points to her credit, making her the first women's player to surpass the 2,000-point mark as well as the first player in Georgetown history to go over 2,500 points, and the career leader in 3-pointers (346) and also holds the single-season record for points (711).
Despite her scoring prowess, she is not one dimensional holding the all-time steals record (326) as well as ranking 21st in blocks (43) and eighth in rebounds (674).
She was a stalwart for the Blue & Gray appearing in 130 games with 129 starts including 104 consecutively.
The 14th overall pick was especially significant for Rodgers who wore 14 in honor of her mother.
The 2013 WNBA Draft made history as it was televised on prime time television for the first time in the league's 17-year history. Brittney Griner was taken first overall by the Phoenix Mercury. The Lynx selected Lindsey Moore at No. 12 before picking up Rodgers two picks later.
Rodgers will begin training camp in the coming weeks and will receive her degree after majoring in English in May.