Women's Basketball Closes Out Road Swing at No. 10/10 Penn State
Dec. 8, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball team (7-2) will close out a three-game road swing on Sunday at No. 10/10 Penn State in a noon matchup at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Hoyas have faced two ranked teams so far this season and are 1-1 defeating then-No. 11/10 Delaware, but falling to then-No. 11/11 Cal. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
On Monday, senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week. 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 was her sixth-career player of the week honor. She was also named the ECAC Player of the Week.
Rodgers became the first women's basketball player in Georgetown history to score 2,000 career points on Tuesday as the squad defeated the Monmouth University Hawks, 61-48, at The MAC. The Hoyas used a big second half to get the victory and move to 7-2 overall. Rodgers led the way with 30 points, including 25 in the second half, as well as six boards. Sophomore forward Brittany Horne (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) added nine points.
The Hoyas forced 34 turnovers, but were outrebounded, 38-32, and shot 35.6 percent for the game.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers, who is also the BIG EAST's leader. The shooting guard is averaging 24.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg as well as posting 36 steals and 24 assists. She is also shooting 79.2 percent at the line. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) is second with 11.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg, while senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College Prep) rounds out the top three with 6.9 ppg. Junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) is leading the team with 36 assists to her credit and is averaging 5.7 ppg.
The Hoyas have forced 225 turnovers in nine games.
In the last game, the Lady Lions hung tough with the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies, but a 20-5 run late in the second half ended the Lady Lions' upset hopes on the way to a 67-52 loss at Gampel Pavilion Thursday night. Junior guard Maggie Lucas had a team-best 15 points with four rebounds, while fellow junior Ariel Edwards added 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the offensive effort. Penn State is 6-2 on the season.
The Hoyas are 1-3 all time against the Lady Lions and 1-2 on the road. The lone victory came during the 1992-93 season when Georgetown won, 68-67, on the road in the NCAA Tournament. The last two meetings were a home and home series from 2006 and 2007. GU fell in those contests 52-44 at home in 2006 and 56-47 on the road in 2007.
Tipoff is scheduled for noon at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Stephanie White calling the action. Live stats can be viewed at www.GUHoyas.com and audio is available through the Penn State athletic website.