April 19, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team finished its 2011-12 season with a banquet honoring the team Sunday afternoon at Leavy Center. The winners of various team awards were announced and the seven members of the senior class were recognized.
The squad had another impressive season with an overall record of 23-9 and a mark of 11-5 in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas defeated three ranked teams this season and were ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls for the entire year, at one point reaching No. 10 on the AP Poll and No. 11 on the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Blue & Gray finished the season with an RPI of 26, as well as being ranked 18th and 17th on the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Polls, respectively.
GU tied for fourth in league play and earned its third-consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament where the Hoyas advanced to the second round.
Junior Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) won two team awards including the John Keyser Steals Award and the Dugan Family Points Award.
The guard was an AP and WBCA All-American this season. Rodgers is the only player in Georgetown history to earn First Team All-BIG EAST three times in her career and was a unanimous decision the past two years. She led the Hoyas in points in 25 of 32 games this past season with a high of 39 points in the win over Dartmouth University at the Blue Sky Classic.
She averaged 18.5 ppg, to lead the BIG EAST during the regular season, 5.4 rpg to rank third on the team and had a squad-high 71 steals. Rodgers also shot a team-high 81.9 percent from the free throw line and ranked second in assists with 54.
Rodgers earned three BIG EAST Player of the Week honors, tying the most in the conference, and had seven nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She was also named to a number of watch lists for national awards including the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award and the WBCA's "Wade Watch" List. Rodgers was also named a WBCA Regional All-American nominee.
Earlier this season, Rodgers broke the record for career 3-pointers. She is also second on Georgetown's all-time scoring list. Additionally, Rodgers ranks among the program's best in points in a season, 3-pointers in a season, career three-point percentage, career assists, career and season free throw percentage, career rebounds, as well as career and season steals.
The Dugan Family was on hand to recognize Rodgers as well as the entire team for their efforts this past season.
Senior forward Adria Crawford (Alexandria, Va./Thomas Edison) won the Abigail Dillon Mullan Scholar-Athlete Award and the Joe Lonardo Rebounding Award. The award is given to the player with the highest GPA on the team. Crawford appeared in 31 games, starting in 19. She led the squad in rebounding averaging 6.0 rpg and pulling down 185 total. Crawford also averaged 4.6 ppg to rank fourth on the squad. She is known as a player that does the little things including defending players much larger than her and taking charges. Crawford is a double major in sociology and theology.
The Nicole Arwood Assist Award was won by senior point guard Rubylee Wright (Latta, S.C./Latta). She led the team with 139 assists to set the new program record for career assists, she already holds the record for assists in a season. Her career total increased to 506. She also found her shot ranking third on the team in scoring with 7.3 ppg.
Senior captain Alexa Roche (Bellmore, N.Y./St. Michael's Academy) won the Stephen Paluszek Family Hoya Award given to the player that is an MVP both on and off the court. Roche appeared in all 32 games with five starts to her credit. She averaged 4.3 ppg and pulled down 3.3 rpg while also notching 31 steals and 21 assists.
Roche and senior captain Tia Magee (Tulsa, Okla./Jenks) were both recognized as BIG EAST Academic All-Stars along with Crawford.