Nov. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (4-2) will host the La Salle University Explorers on Wednesday evening in an 8 p.m., matchup at McDonough Arena. The Blue & Gray is looking to bounce back after going 1-1 at the Cal Classic by Doubletree this past weekend in Berkeley, Calif.
The Hoyas are 4-2 on the season with victories over Sacred Heart, No. 11/10 Delaware, LSU and Cal State Fullerton. This past weekend, the Blue & Gray downed the Titans, 53-51, in the semifinals of the tournament before falling to No. 11/11 Cal, 72-56, in the championship. Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) and junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) were both named to the all-tournament team.
Rodgers has had an outstanding start to the season. On Monday, she was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after a big week. She averaged 19.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg with nine assists and seven steals for the Hoyas who went 2-1 on the week.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers, who also sits among the BIG EAST's leaders. The shooting guard is averaging 23.0 ppg and 7.2 rpg as well as posting 23 steals and 18 assists. She is also shooting 76.3 percent at the line. White is second with 11.5 ppg and 4.7 rpg, while senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounds out the top three with 6.2 ppg. Junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) is leading the team with 23 assists to her credit and is averaging 5.5 ppg.
The Hoyas have forced 140 turnovers in four games.
Shanel Harrison led all scorers with 18 points and recorded her first double-double as an Explorer, helping the La Salle women's basketball team race out to a 25-13 lead before eventually falling 85-55 at 25th-ranked North Carolina last Saturday.
Harrison scored 14 first-half points and Brittany Wilson added 11 of her 14 points as the Explorers led the Heels 32-31 at the break.
La Salle is 1-4 on the season with its lone victory come over Lehigh University, 49-48. Wilson is leading the team in scoring with 20.6 ppg as well as 6.2 rpg.
The Hoyas are 4-4 all-time against the Explorers and have won the past two meetings. Two years ago, Georgetown downed La Salle, 50-46, in Philadelphia. In the last meeting at McDonough Arena, Georgetown won, 76-55, during the 1982-83 season. The Blue & Gray is 2-0 all-time at home against La Salle.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena on Monday. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Monica McNutt will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.