WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University women’s basketball player Sugar Rodgers was named the WNBA 6th Woman of the Year earlier this week. Rodgers and the New York Liberty are currently the third seed in the playoffs facing the Washington Mystics in the second round of the playoffs. Additionally, former Hoya Rebekkah Brunson and the Minnesota Lynx were the top seed in the playoffs.
Rodgers was instrumental in helping the Liberty secure the No. 3 seed in the WNBA Playoffs, and end the regular season on a franchise record tying 10-game winning streak. The Liberty finished 22-12 overall, matching the second best regular season record in franchise history, while posting a third consecutive 20-win season for the first time in franchise history.
Rodgers became a critical member of a Liberty unit that developed into one of the best in the league over the second half of the season. For the year, Rodgers ranked fifth on the team averaging 10.5 ppg, and again was one of the best 3-point shooters in the WNBA, knocking down 63 triples, which ranked sixth in the WNBA.
She was also one of the Liberty’s best on ball defenders, as the team finished the season leading the league in defensive field goal percentage (.408) for a third straight year. Over the 10-game winning streak, the Liberty limited opponents to just 68.1 ppg, 38.4 percent shooting from the field, and 27.6 percent from beyond the arc. She was a first-time WNBA All-Star this season.
Rodgers is the most decorated player in Georgetown women's basketball history with unprecedented accomplishments. She was a three-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a four-time First Team All-BIG EAST honoree. She 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.
Rodgers 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 in 2012-13).
Despite her scoring prowess she was not one dimensional, holding the all-time steals record (326) as well as ranking eighth in rebounds (674). The shooting guard was a stalwart for the Blue & Gray appearing in 130 games with 129 starts including 104 consecutively.
Brunson and the Lynx are 27-7 heading into the playoffs. Minnesota finished the regular season one game ahead of the Sparks to clinch the No. 1 seed. The Lynx, along with the Sparks, will jump right to the semifinal round.
Brunson started 30 games for the Lynx this season and is second on the team with 6.7 rpg as well as fourth on the squad in scoring with 10.2 ppg. A four-time WNBA champion, Brunson is the league's career leader in offensive rebounds. She was named a WNBA All-Star for the fourth time in her career earlier this season.
Brunson was Georgetown's first women's basketball All-American and was also the second WNBA draft pick in program history, picked 10th overall in the 2004 draft by the Sacramento Monarchs. At Georgetown, Brunson became the program's leading rebounder (1,093) and held the record for rebounds in a season with 336 in 2004 until 2014. She was a four-time All-BIG EAST honoree and the 2004 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.
In her professional career, Brunson has played with teams in Spain, Italy, Russia and Belgium. She has been a two-time EuroLeague All-Star, and won the 2007 FIBA Women's EuroCup.
Brunson was a part of the United States National Team pool and won a gold medal with the U.S. squad in the FIBA Americas Tournament which qualified the squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also won a silver medal with the national team at the 2003 USA Pan American Games.
In the WNBA, she won a league championship in 2005 with the Monarchs as well as three with the Lynx. Additionally, she has now been a four-time All-Star and named Second Team All-Defense on four occasions along with a nod to the first team in 2011. With the Lynx, Brunson holds every rebounding record in the organization's history. Brunson supports The 32 Foundation which she started to help at-risk teens in the Washington, D.C., area stay out of trouble and overcome obstacles in a place that could limit their growth or achievement.
The Liberty and the Mystics will play on Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The Lynx will play the winner of that game in a best of five semfinal with game one scheduled for September 12 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.