Dec. 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week as the Georgetown University women's basketball team (6-2) prepares for the Monmouth University Hawks on Tuesday evening in a 7 p.m., matchup at The MAC. This is the second of a three-game road swing for the Blue & Gray.
Rodgers averaged 25.0 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. In a win against La Salle at home, she scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, with eight of them coming on the offensive end. In a win at local-rival George Washington, Rodgers had 22 points and four assists. She also led the team with six steals and eight rebounds. Already this season she has twice been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll and this is her sixth-career player of the week honor.
After a slow first half, the Hoyas went into halftime tied at 33 with the Colonials on Saturday. Georgetown came out firing in the second half as the Blue & Gray put together a 9-2 run to take the 42-35 lead, their largest of the game to that point. The Hoya defense continued to force turnovers and make plays on the other end as the run became 19-4 and the lead ballooned to 52-37. GW stopped the bleeding with a three at the 13-minute mark, but at that point the damage had been done. The Hoyas continued to pile on the points going ahead by 20 before the eight-minute mark and not allowing the Colonials back into the contest. Georgetown came away with the 70-54 victory.
Rodgers led all scorers with 22 points and a team-high eight rebounds. She was 10-for-10 from the line and had four assists along with six steals. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) added 15 points, five boards and four helpers, while junior point guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) posted 11 points with five rebounds. Senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounded it out with 10 points and four boards.
GU shot 50 percent for the game and outrebounded GW, 30-27. The Hoyas forced 30 turnovers and 36.5 percent shooting from the field.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers, who is also the BIG EAST's leader. The shooting guard is averaging 23.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg as well as posting 30 steals and 23 assists. She is also shooting 79.7 percent at the line. White is second with 12.3 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while Wilson rounds out the top three with 7.0 ppg. Powell is leading the team with 32 assists to her credit and is averaging 5.8 ppg.
The Hoyas have forced 191 turnovers in eight games.
The Hawks (2-5) are coming off a tough weekend at the Navy Classic, falling to a pair of very athletic teams in High Point and East Carolina. Alysha Womack scored 17 points, but the Hawks were defeated by East Carolina in the consolation game of the Navy Classic. Chevannah Paalvast also added 10 points in just 20 minutes en route to Navy Classic All-Tournament Team recognition, following a career-high 22-point performance in the tournament opener against High Point.
The Hoyas are 1-1 against the Hawks defeating them last year at home, 64-44. The spark came with an 11-minute 20-2 second-half run forcing nine Monmouth turnovers as the Hoyas never looked back. Tia Magee led the way with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The previous meeting was at a neutral site during the 1987-88 season where GU fell, 66-64.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., at The MAC in West Long Branch, N.J. Live stats and a webcast will be available through the Hawks' athletic website.