Nov. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team will open the 2013-14 season this weekend hosting the University of Richmond Spiders Friday at McDonough Arena. Georgetown has a challenging slate to start the season and will put a young team on the court.
First year Head Coach Jim Lewis will rely on his senior captains Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) to lead the team. While a number of other returners come back from injuries, Lewis will look to the five freshman to pick up some of the scoring. The group was ranked the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation by the Blue Star Report.
The Hoyas were 5-1 at home against non-conference opponents last season, and Georgetown looks to continue their success in McDonough Arena where they were 8-6 overall a year ago.
Georgetown was selected to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll. White was named Preseason All-BIG EAST and freshman Shayla Cooper (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) was named the BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year.
Lewis has added three walk-ons to the team. Seniors Kelly Comolli (Newburyport, Mass./Philips Exeter Academy), Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Jasmine Motton (Houston, Texas/Westfield) have all joined the squad in the past week to add talent and depth.
Last year, the Hoyas put together a mark of 15-16 including a record of 5-11 in BIG EAST Conference play. The Blue & Gray looked to find its way after losing seven seniors to graduation as well as Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy to Auburn University. Georgetown earned the No. 11 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament defeating Providence in the opening round before falling to Villanova.
Leading the squad last season was senior Sugar Rodgers, the most decorated player in Georgetown women's basketball history. She was 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 for the past four years.
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. 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.
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).
Despite her scoring prowess, she was not one dimensional holding the all-time steals record (326) as well as ranking 21st in blocks (43) and eighth in rebounds (674). The shooting guard was a stalwart for the Blue & Gray appearing in 130 games with 129 starts including 104 consecutively.
Richmond was selected to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in the league's preseason poll. Senior Kristina King, the Spiders' top returning scorer, was named to the preseason All-Conference second team while Genevieve Okoro and Becca Wann received preseason third team honors. Wann will not suit up this season after suffering a career-ending concussion on the soccer field. Richmond returns two starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's 16-win squad. The Spiders are also coming off their fifth-straight postseason appearance.
Friday marks the 15th meeting between the Hoyas and the Spiders. Georgetown is currently 8-6 against Richmond. In the last meeting during the 2010-11 season, the Blue & Gray escaped with a 65-64 victory. GU is 6-1 all-time against the Spiders at home. . Tipoff against Richmond is scheduled for 7 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and women's basketball alum Monica McNutt will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.