Rodgers Named Preseason All-BIG EAST as Hoyas Selected Third in Coaches' Poll
Oct. 21, 2010
WASHINGTON - Sophomore shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team at the conference's annual women's basketball media day held at B.B. King Blue Club & Grill in Times Square. The Hoyas were picked to finish third in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll receiving 186 points.
Rodgers was one of 11 players named Preseason All-BIG EAST including Connecticut's Maya Moore who was named the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year. Rodgers joined Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins and UConn's Tiffany Hayes as a unanimous selection. Rodgers and Diggins were the only sophomores to be honored. Voting for both the preseason awards and the coaches' poll was performed by the league's 16 head coaches.
Rodgers has already earned a number of preseason accolades being named to the Wooden Women's Preseason Top 30 and to the WBCA "Wade Watch" List.
As a freshman, Rodgers was an Honorable Mention AP All-American and First Team All-BIG EAST, it was the first time in program history that a freshman won both honors. Rodgers earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year as well as five BIG EAST Rookie of the Week awards and three selections to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. She finished fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.6 ppg and led the league in three-pointers made with 2.5 per game. She is ranked fourth in the GU record books for points in a season with 580 points this year. Rodger's 83 treys places her as the all-time leader for threes in a season and 11th on the career list.
The Hoyas were selected to finish third with 186 points, which is the highest the team has ever been selected under Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. Georgetown finished last year tied with West Virginia in the conference standings and earning the third seed in the BIG EAST Tournament.
The Hoyas ended the season ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 17 by USA Today. The squad currently ranks 13th in the Sporting News Preseason Poll and 12th in both Lindy's Preseason Top 25 as well as the Athlon Sports Preseason Poll.
Reigning national champion Connecticut was selected to finish first with 225 points followed by the Mountaineers receiving 207 points. Notre Dame, St. John's and DePaul rounded out the top six.
Georgetown will open the season on November 13 at McDonough Arena against Augusta State.